And this is what Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said in his speech for the vote of confidence at the Senate, in response to Veltroni’s acceptance of his offer for dialogue:
I am grateful for Veltroni's input and we really appreciate his availability after having contacted the opposition and our talks will start this week. […] We have been presented with an openness that is not prejudicial and is unprecedented in the Republican history.
Furthermore, to give credibility and a high status to the choices that must be made to face one of the worst economic crisis, Berlusconi said that “the newly-elected Parliament will have to put an end to some questionable privileges of the political class, with a unanimous commitment.”
“It is up to this Parliament,” he added, “to improve the reputation of politics and its credibility, by cutting down on costs and above all significantly increasing revenues. […] Politics, the Parliament and the Government must produce tangible results for the Italians because no further chances will be available in the future.”