Italian prime minister Mario Monti spoke in support of David Cameron's highly-anticipated Europe speech today.
"I agree with Prime Minister Cameron, as I agree that prosperity and growth have to be priority number one for Europe," he said.
"I am confident that if there is to be a referendum one day, the UK citizens will decide to stay in the European Union and contribute to shape its future."
He added: "The European Union does not need unwilling Europeans - we desperately need willing Europeans."
Italy's outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti has said that he would be ready to offer his leadership to political forces that adopt his agenda of reforms the country needs.
Speaking at an end of year news conference, Monti stressed that he was not now entering any political movement and that he was more concerned about his policy prescriptions being followed than personalities.
Asked whether he was ready to stand as prime minister again, he said: "If a credible political force asked me to run as prime minister for them I would consider it."
Italian president Giorgio Napolitano has dissolved parliament following Prime Minister Mario Monti's resignation, setting the stage for a February vote.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has resigned, according to the President's office.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti is expected to resign later today according to reports on Reuters.
Italy's prime minister Mario Monti has told the country's president that he wants to resign after the Budget Law has been passed.
It follows yesterday's news that the former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi plans to run in the general election early next year.
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says he will run in next year's election according to Reuters.