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Ceremony: Slovenia and EU Winners of Euro's Arrival in Slovenia

Ljubljana, 15 January - Slovenia ushered in the euro with a high-profile ceremony befitting of the keynote speakers' words about a historic event for the country as well as the whole of the EU. Dozens of senior European officials were on hand for the event in Ljubljana on Monday, which took place as Slovenia said a final farewell to the tolar, its currency of 15 years.

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Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi speaking at the central ceremony marking Slovenia's euro adoption.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

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Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi speaking at the central ceremony marking Slovenia's euro adoption.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

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Prime Minister Janez Jansa speaking at the central ceremony marking Slovenia's euro adoption.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

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Prime Minister Janez Jansa speaking at the central ceremony marking Slovenia's euro adoption.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

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The central ceremony marking Slovenia's euro adoption featured numerous senior politicians, including European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa and Luxembourg PM Jean-Claude Juncker.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

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The central ceremony marking Slovenia's euro adoption featured numerous senior politicians, including European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa and Luxembourg PM Jean-Claude Juncker.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

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Slovenian PM Janez Jansa talking with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the central ceremony marking Slovenia's euro adoption.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

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Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking at the central ceremony marking Slovenia's euro adoption.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker speaking at the central ceremony marking Slovenia's euro adoption.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet speaking at the central ceremony marking Slovenia's euro adoption.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso speaking at the central ceremony marking Slovenia's euro adoption.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso speaking at the central ceremony marking Slovenia's euro adoption.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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The central ceremony marking Slovenia's euro adoption also featured the members of the Slovenian cabinet.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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The central ceremony marking Slovenia's euro adoption.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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The central ceremony marking Slovenia's euro adoption featured numerous senior politicians, including (from left to right) Jean-Claude Trichet, the president of the European Central Bank, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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