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BRUSSELS, July 29 (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Friday that Italy's Monte dei Paschi di Siena plan for a privately funded capital increase was in line with EU rules.
"The Commission takes note of the bank's announcement that it plans to launch a private capital raising exercise," a Commission spokesman said in a statement.
"This is fully in line with EU rules. Any additional capital needs should in the first place be raised from the market and/or from other private sources," the spokesman said. (Reporting by Francesco Guarascio; Editing by Louise Ireland)