The EU called the appointment encouraging and shows the determination of the Italian authorities to overcome the crisis.
“In accordance with the decision of October 26 at the EU summit, the European Commission will continue to monitor the measures taken by Italy to pursue policies promoting economic growth and employment”, reads a joint statement of Mr. Van Rompuy and Barroso.
On Saturday night Silvio Berlusconi submitted his resignation following the adoption by parliament of a law aimed at stabilizing the economy. Italian President Giorgio Napolitano began consultations with political parties before appointing the former European Commissioner Mario Monti Prime Minister and the task of forming a new government.
“In a particularly difficult moment for Italy, in a very turbulent European and international landscape, the country must prevail in the challenge of redemption,” Monti said last night after meeting Napolitano in Rome. “Italy must once again be an element of strength, not of weakness, in the European Union, which we helped found and in which we must be protagonists.”