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Italy's new economy minister calls for looser EU fiscal policy - newspaper

MILAN, Sept 13 (Reuters) - The euro zone needs a more supportive fiscal policy, Italy's new economy minister said in a newspaper interview on Friday, calling for spending on green investments to be excluded from countries' structural deficit calculations.

Roberto Gualtieri, the former head of the European Parliament's economic and monetary affairs committee, told daily la Repubblica that the new government would not challenge European Union budget rules but would seek to change them.

"I'm going (to Helsinki) to discuss European policies, starting from the need of a more expansionary fiscal policy," he said ahead of Friday's euro zone finance ministers' meeting in Finland. (Reporting by Valentina Za; Editing by Richard Borsuk)