ROME, July 9 (Reuters) - Italy's public accounts appear to be on track with the government's goal of keeping its deficit just under the European Union ceiling this year, a Bank of Italy official said on Tuesday in testimony to parliament.
Italy's numbers so far this year indicate that the budget shortfall, when calculated according to EU guidelines, is slightly less than it was last year, said Andrea Brandolini, a member of the central bank's research department.
The data for the first half of the year 'appear coherent', he said with the government's aim of lowering the deficit to 2.9 percent of gross domestic product, compared with 3.0 percent last year. The EU's ceiling is 3 percent of GDP.
(Reporting by Giuseppe Fonte; writing by Steve Scherer) Keywords: BOI DEFICIT/
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