Regulatory reform may face delay in Italy

The Italian government is unlikely to debate a regulatory reform bill this week and instead will wait for Parliament to finish an investigation, a minister said.

The remarks made on Tuesday 6 January by the European affairs minister, Rocco Buttiglione, raised the prospect that an overhaul of the Italian regulatory structure, caught up in a debate dividing the center-right majority, may take weeks or months.

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's cabinet had been expected to take up the reform bill