Italian Premier Mario Monti is gearing up for a critical first full week in office with meetings planned with key European officials to map out strategy for dealing with Italy's debt crisis.

Monti presides over his first working cabinet meeting Monday after his new government won parliamentary backing last week to try to rein in Italy's high debt and boost economic growth.

On Tuesday, he heads to Brussels for a first meeting with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy.

On Thursday, he is due to join German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicholas Sarkozy in Strasbourg for what Monti has said will be a permanent club of the eurozone's three largest economies to confront the debt crisis.