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Italy's urgent pro-industry talks face patient wait

This article was originally published in Clinica

Executive Summary

Despite the urgency voiced by Italy’s austerity-beleaguered medtech industry following the elections (www.clinica.co.uk, 28 February 2013), the sector must wait at least another three weeks for parliamentarians to be anywhere near ready to discuss how best to help the country through its economic crisis, including completing the country’s austerity measures. Formalities around the registration of members of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate will kick off next week, with the first serious talks between the political groups and alliances that emerge due to take place from 15 March, according to a parliamentary calendar described in national reports. These groupings and their leaders are not expected to be in place before 20 March, and the election of the new prime minister is likely to take place in the last week of March. “The range of possible scenarios is wide open and too hard to predict,” according to healthcare news daily Quotidianosanità.

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