Italy's provisional budget for 2020 may be in violation of the EU budget rules. The European Commission writes this on Tuesday in a letter to Italian Finance Minister Roberto Gualtieri. The committee asks him for clarification in this regard.

According to a preliminary assessment, the budget would fall short in terms of reducing spending as recommended by the EU, write Valdis Dombrovskis and Pierre Moscovici. Italy's debts would not be sufficiently reduced in this way.

The letter is a warning for the Italians. If the country cannot sufficiently substantiate why the budget is structured in this way, or if no adjustments are made to comply with EU rules, Europe may opt for sanctions.

At the end of September, anonymous insiders stated that Italy would work on a budget that would comply with all European rules. They would use a cautious approach to build credibility.