"We will respect European rules, but we will not do anything that could negatively affect us. I hope that Europe does not fail to see and hear, I have written about it to [European Commission President Jean-Claude] Juncker. [Europe] would then do itself a disservice," Gentiloni said at a press conference in Madrid after a meeting with his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy.
Gentilloni stressed Italy's need for "expansive" policy and added that Rome was still working and negotiating with Brussels.
The European Commission warned Italy that in case of non-compliance with EU spending rules the country would be liable for fines.