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Italy govt to take control of energy policy from regions-source

ROME, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Italy's central government plans to take charge of energy and infrastructure policies currently controlled at the regional level, Prime Minister Mario Monti told local administrators on Tuesday, according to a source present at the meeting.

Monti was outlining measures the cabinet plans to take at a meeting later on Tuesday.

"Monti confirmed that the cabinet meeting will discuss a reform of article 5 of the constitution to bring control over energy, infrastructure, tourism and communications back into the hands of central government," the source said.

Italian local and regional authorities have been at the centre of a spate of high-profile corruption scandals in recent months.

(Reporting by Giuseppe Fonte, writing by Gavin Jones)

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Keywords: ITALY ENERGY/MONTI