"I believe that it would be quite insolent and erroneous to say that Italy is currently going through a deep crisis. The data related to our current economic situation does not seem to me to be very negative so that to indicate a deep crisis," Fontana said at a press conference dubbed "Economy of Trust and Business Diplomacy: from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean."
Fontana added that Italy had reached its record high export indices.
"If we study the Italian export to Russia, we will see that growth has also been registered over the past two years," Fontana said.
He expressed his hope for the trend to continue.
"We have a new government that has designed a new budget plan within the past few weeks. Let's hope that the parameters will remain positive. I would not compare [the situation in] Italy with the tragic economic situation that our Greek friends are facing," Fontana concluded.
Italy is set to present its full draft budget for 2019 to the European Commission by October 15.