Italy's prime minister, Matteo Renzi, says Italy could find the extra money "tomorrow morning" if needed, and defends publication of a confidential letter from the Commission.
Italy lost some €46bn in unpaid VAT in 2012, equivalent to its entire government spending deficit.
The ECB will announce on Sunday the results of its comprehensive assessment of banks' balance sheets, with the hope of restoring confidence in the banking sector and kick-starting lending.
The UK’s commissioner-elect Jonathan Hill will be under pressure to deliver Jean-Claude Juncker’s promise to boost investment.
The government's plans for structural reform provoked a rebuke from the Socialists' left wing.