ROME (Reuters) - Implementing an emergency decree to prop up Italy's struggling banks will be a long and complicated process, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Thursday.
The government approved a decree last week to bail out its third-largest bank, Monte dei Paschi di Siena <BMPS.MI> and pledged to protect the savings of around 40,000 retail investors.
"Putting this into practice will be long and complicated, we aren't hiding that, but it is a strategic and fundamental decision," Gentiloni told a news conference.
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(Reporting by Giselda Vagnoni, writing by Isla Binnie)