The Italian Government Owes Over $100 Billion To Private Suppliers

Tyler Durden's picture

Much has been said in the popular press about Italy's surprising economic recovery (which based on recent data is starting to lose steam), as well as its much improved fiscal picture (even if the country's public debt hits record highs quarter after quarter and the bad debt within its banking system just rose by 24% from the prior year, to €169 billion the highest since 1998). Little has been said about just how Italy managed to pull this economic miracle off. The answer: robbing private suppliers to pay Paul, or rather, the public sector.

According to Reuters, the Italian state owes some 75 billion euros ($102 billion)to private suppliers, as reported by the Bank of Italy. The unpaid bills have starved companies of cash and triggered layoffs, factory closures and bankruptcies.

Italy will settle the debt arrears it owes to private sector suppliers by the end of this year, Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said in a newspaper interview on Sunday, pushing back previous commitments. "We will ensure that the arrears are paid off by the end of the year," Padoan told Corriere della Sera daily.

That's funny, because back in March, PM Renzi promised all debt would be paid back by, well, right now. One week later, he said September. We look forward to September to learn that not only will the debt not be paid back by the end of the year, but the total amount of money due to the private sector from the government has in fact, growtn.

Remember when they said Italy is undergoing an unprecedented economic recovery? They lied:

The government is finding it hard to tackle the problem because of public finance constraints, inefficiency, uncertainty over exactly how much is owed and a reluctance on the part of some public bodies to acknowledge their debts.


In June, the European Commission opened a formal infringement procedure against Italy because of its failure to comply with the Late Payments Directive, which orders governments to reduce payment delays to no more than 60 days.

Well, yes: if one starves the private sector to pretend that the public one is doing ok, that works. For a few months. Then everyone remembers that aside from the Europe's epic ECB-sponsored Ponzi scheme where bond yields no longer reflect anything at all, a properly functioning economy starts always and only from the private sector. Sadly, in this case it is the cancer that is Italy's corrupt government that will certainly be the reason for what is already shaping up as a triple dip recession. We give it 6-9 months.

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kaiserhoff's picture


  Brought to you by the New World Order

CH1's picture

Reality has been suspended until further notice.

Winston Churchill's picture

TPTB have welded the relief valve closed, while piling  coal into

the boiler.The gauge has been solidly in the red since 2008, and the sell

side pundits keep telling us to gather around it to keep warm.

It will be different this time,thats for sure.

Manthong's picture

When it gets seriouser, you have to lie.

If at first you do decieve; lie, lie again. 

Pool Shark's picture




Just saw this link on Denninger's site:

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This should blow the administration out of the water if Halbig vs. Burwell gets to the Supreme Court!

The administration has consistently taken the position that this was a 'drafting error.' BULSHIT!!! It was intentionally drafted that way!


[Here's the video on Youtube; relevant passage begins around minute 31:]

[And here's the second recording of Gruber AGAIN admitting there would be no tax subsidies in states without exchanges:]

[Here's the specific clip:]


tmosley's picture

I think I see a nation that could use a loan from the new BRICS bank.

0b1knob's picture

Why doesn't the Italian government just issue script to them like the California state government once did?

Four chan's picture

"whatever it takes" <--oldie but goodie

Drunk In Church's picture

Sometimes, it's better just to default.  Bitchez.

Remington IV's picture

Obama , 


We are sick of your LIES

Regards ,

Middle Class  

max2205's picture

Cheap tactic and totally violates FASB....oh wait

TheSecondLaw's picture



"Oh, what a tangled web we weave

when first we practise to deceive. "

                               Walter Scott

RafterManFMJ's picture

Wow, who would think the Italian government would be a disaster?

logicalman's picture

Wow, who would think government would be a disaster?


BlindMonkey's picture

"Reality has been suspended until further notice."

Along with vendor payments! W00t! Can't get enough of that vendor financed recovery. Hope they went ball to the wall with IT spending. Can't wait to see IBM, Cisco and Microsoft take it in the shorts. That should help knock the bottom out stocks when they realize the losses. Moar recovery!

chubbar's picture

Wait until you hear what Illinois has been doing in this regard. I don't think they have paid any vendors since 2011!

XitSam's picture

What are you talking about?  Ex-Im bank will subsidize those losses.

Set the printers to ludicrous speed!

Democratic koolaid's picture

Drink up boys and girls. The Koolaid is aflowin.

jarana's picture

And payment from civil servants to producers of good and services that civil servants provide to the ones taxed on benefits earned producing these goods and services has been suspended too.

The intrinsical capitalism unstability has been empirically proven.

JLee2027's picture

ZH invented a new word - growtn: Growing by not paying bills.

Coke and Hookers's picture

Instead of spending from the future and issuing paper pointing to sci-fi land the Government debt increase is moved into the present and to the private sector. A new source of growth has been found! I think the Italian Government should get the next econ nobel for inventing this fantastic growth engine.

sosoome's picture

If you like your gummermint IOUs, you can keep them.

We really mean it this time.

maneco's picture

Here in the UK our economy is booming according to Mr Osborne! I call it a "borrowed recovery" as debt levels keep rising.

Winston Churchill's picture

Uncle Scam will bail you out.

Oh wait....

logicalman's picture

I think Uncle Sam is the kind of uncle that wants to touch you inappropriately.


CH1's picture

I think Uncle Sam is the kind of uncle that wants to touch you inappropriately.

For 50 years... or more.

XitSam's picture

My wallet is what he's touching.

css1971's picture

Rising debt levels is growth.

BlindMonkey's picture

So cancerous growth is bullish for GDP? Awesome! Hookers, blow and gov theft are all positive indicators.

bonin006's picture

css1971 didn't say it was good growth. Cancer is growth too, you know.

Remington IV's picture

$7 trillion debt = $1 nominal trillion GDP

barre-de-rire's picture

the only way to keep goin indeed.


at a point of observation, debt for growth is the skyrocket point on the exponential curve representing the meadows report.

there is ony 1 indicator to trust, only 1 indicator to follow, only 1 that is the direct reflect of how deep in the hole we dive : price at the gaz station.


3 years max before SHTF

Last of the Middle Class's picture

"We will insure that the arrears are paid off by the end of the year". My ass!, hows that for an arrear?


Ban KKiller's picture

Pasta will save the day! Who believed that their economy was in recovery? Perhaps the Muppets? Which bank well be the scapegoat?

BlueStreet's picture

And now you know the rest of the story. /Paul Harvey (RIP).

jubber's picture

So I guess Italian 10y BTP will now go to 2% LOL

SpanishGoop's picture

Are we sure he didn't say "the end of a year".

I will gladly pay...tuesday..hamburger..etc.





Colonel Klink's picture

Or in 'Murika, we currently have re-nig-a-phony

Leonardo Fibonacci2's picture

re-nigga-is-a-phony when it comes to Obama!!! There fixed for you.

foodstampbarry's picture

eh whatsa matter you? You no lika accounting? No you cry. Pizza pie for alla my friends!

Seasmoke's picture

How is the private sector allowing the public parasites to kill them everywhere ????

Fuku Ben's picture

The BRICS Bank is proudly stepping forward to offer Italy their newest product the BBQ (BRICS Bank Qualified) loan

Don't get burned by the IMF get slow roasted perfection with a BBQ loan today. Available at your nearest BRICS branch. Member F*CK

SpanishGoop's picture

"Slow roasted" is a EU trademark, look at Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and the likes.



Colonel Klink's picture

That which cannot be paid, won't be!  Lend (to the government and large banks) accordingly.

goose fat's picture

"The atrocities being committed in the Arab world, will sadly, continue, as more Arab nations will be embroiled in a series of conflicts. The time for the first of the assassinations I spoke to you about last February will take place shortly. The Arab World uprising will spark unrest indirectly in every corner of the world."


"It will start in Europe.

Your banking system will be the cause and Germany, once again, will be involved in this tragedy as it was on the last two occasions.

When it commences, much will be over saving the economy, and catastrophe will affect Greece, with much fallout in France.

The Middle East will also be involved with Israel and Iran at war and Syria will play a serious part in the downfall of Egypt."

falak pema's picture

Well thats the problem of not having your own CB...Italy is stymied by ECB and Mutti. 

Renzi must be on a slim fast diet; what Italy does today, France does tomorrow. 

layman_please's picture

i was thinking the same, but ...


... i'm also sure italian banks are more than willing to help. for no particular reason, of course.