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Euro Welcomed to Slovenia with Fanfare

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 bid a final farewell to the tolar, its currency of 15 years.

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Eurogroup Chairman Jean-Claude Juncker at a joint press conference with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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Joint press conference by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (left), Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa (centre) and Eurogroup Chairman Jean-Claude Juncker.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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Joint press conference by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (left), Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa (centre) and Eurogroup Chairman Jean-Claude Juncker.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (left) and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa at a joint press conference with Eurogroup Chairman Jean-Claude Juncker.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at a joint press conference with Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa and Eurogroup Chairman Jean-Claude Juncker.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at a joint press conference with Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa and Eurogroup Chairman Jean-Claude Juncker.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at a joint press conference with Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa and Eurogroup Chairman Jean-Claude Juncker.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at a joint press conference with Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa and Eurogroup Chairman Jean-Claude Juncker.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (left) and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa at a joint press conference with Eurogroup Chairman Jean-Claude Juncker.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre
Joint press conference by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (left), Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa (centre) and Eurogroup Chairman Jean-Claude Juncker.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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Joint press conference by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (left), Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa (centre) and Eurogroup Chairman Jean-Claude Juncker.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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

Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre
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

Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre
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

Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre
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

Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre
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

Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre
The central ceremony marking Slovenia's euro adoption.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre
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

Ljubljana, Presidential Palace
European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet at a meeting with President Janez Drnovsek.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana, Presidential Palace
European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet at a meeting with President Janez Drnovsek.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana, Presidential Palace
European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet (left) and President Janez Drnovsek at Drnovsek's reception of the ECB president.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana, Presidential Palace
European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet (left) and President Janez Drnovsek at Drnovsek's reception of the ECB president.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana, Presidential Palace
European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet (left) shaking hands with President Janez Drnovsek.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana, Presidential Palace
Slovenian central bank Governor Mitja Gaspari (left), European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet (centre) and President Janez Drnovsek (right) at a meeting between Drnovsek and Trichet.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

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Visiting EU prime ministers on the day that Slovenia bids a final farewell to tolar and welcomes the euro.
From left to right: Jean-Claude Juncker, prime minister of Luxembourg and the head of the eurogroup, Slovakia's Robert Fico, Italy's Romano Prodi, Slovenia's Janez Jansa, Greece's Kostas Karamanlis, Hungary's Ferenc Gyurcsany and Belgium's Guy Verhofstadt.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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Visiting EU prime ministers on the day that Slovenia bids a final farewell to tolar and welcomes the euro.
From left to right: Jean-Claude Juncker, prime minister of Luxembourg and the head of the eurogroup, Slovakia's Robert Fico, Italy's Romano Prodi, Slovenia's Janez Jansa, Greece's Kostas Karamanlis, Hungary's Ferenc Gyurcsany and Belgium's Guy Verhofstadt.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Bled
Visiting EU prime ministers on the day that Slovenia bids a final farewell to tolar and welcomes the euro.
From left to right: Jean-Claude Juncker, prime minister of Luxembourg and the head of the eurogroup, Slovakia's Robert Fico, Italy's Romano Prodi, Slovenia's Janez Jansa, Greece's Kostas Karamanlis, Hungary's Ferenc Gyurcsany and Belgium's Guy Verhofstadt.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Joaquin Almunia (left) and Slovenian Finance Minister Andrej Bajuk at a joint news conference.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

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European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Joaquin Almunia (left) and Slovenian Finance Minister Andrej Bajuk at a joint news conference.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

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European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Joaquin Almunia (left) and Slovenian Finance Minister Andrej Bajuk at a joint news conference.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

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European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Joaquin Almunia (left) and Slovenian Finance Minister Andrej Bajuk at a joint news conference.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

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European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Joaquin Almunia (left) and Slovenian Finance Minister Andrej Bajuk at a joint news conference.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

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European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Joaquin Almunia (left) and Slovenian Finance Minister Andrej Bajuk at a joint news conference.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

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European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Joaquin Almunia (left) and Slovenian Finance Minister Andrej Bajuk at a joint news conference.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

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Slovenian Finance Minister Andrej Bajuk speaking to the press at a news conference, held together with European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Joaquin Almunia.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

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European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Joaquin Almunia speaking to the press at a news conference, held together with Slovenian Finance Minister Andrej Bajuk.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

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European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Joaquin Almunia speaking to the press at a news conference, held together with Slovenian Finance Minister Andrej Bajuk.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

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European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Joaquin Almunia speaking to the press at a news conference, held together with Slovenian Finance Minister Andrej Bajuk.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

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European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Joaquin Almunia speaking to the press at a news conference, held together with Slovenian Finance Minister Andrej Bajuk.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

Ljubljana, Grand Hotel Union
Opening of the euro conference "Slovenija 2007" was attended by (from left to right) Slovenian Finance Minister Andrej Bajuk, European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Joaquin Almunia, central bank Governor Mitja Gaspari, Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker and European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana, Grand Hotel Union
Opening of the euro conference "Slovenija 2007" was attended by (from left to right) Slovenian Finance Minister Andrej Bajuk, European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Joaquin Almunia, central bank Governor Mitja Gaspari, Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker and European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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Former Slovenian central bank governor Mitja Arhar (right) at the opening of the euro conference "Slovenija 2007".
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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Slovenian central bank Governor Mitja Gaspari (left) and European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet at the euro conference "Slovenija 2007".
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana, Grand Hotel Union
Slovenian central bank Governor Mitja Gaspari (left) and European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet at the euro conference "Slovenija 2007".
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Joaquin Almunia speaking at the opening of the euro conference "Slovenija 2007".
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker speaking at the opening of the euro conference "Slovenija 2007".
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet speaking at the opening of the euro conference "Slovenija 2007".
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana, Grand Hotel Union
European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet speaking at the opening of the euro conference "Slovenija 2007".
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana, Grand Hotel Union
Slovenian central bank Governor Mitja Gaspari speaking at the euro conference "Slovenija 2007".
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana, Grand Hotel Union
Opening of the euro conference "Slovenija 2007".
Slovenian central bank Governor Mitja Gaspari (left) and European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana, Grand Hotel Union
Opening of the euro conference "Slovenija 2007" was attended by (from left to right) Slovenian Finance Minister Andrej Bajuk, central bank Governor Mitja Gaspari, European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet, Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker and European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Joaquin Almunia.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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A board, marking the official ceremony for Slovenia's euro adoption, standing inf front of the Slovenian parliament.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

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A board, marking the official ceremony for Slovenia's euro adoption, standing inf front of the Slovenian parliament.
Photo: Domen Groegl/STA

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Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico (left) and his Slovenian host and counterpart Janez Jansa at the sidelines of an official ceremony marking Slovenia's adoption of the euro.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico (left) shaking hands with his Slovenian host and counterpart Janez Jansa at the sidelines of an official ceremony marking Slovenia's adoption of the euro.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico (left) shaking hands with his Slovenian host and counterpart Janez Jansa at the sidelines of an official ceremony marking Slovenia's adoption of the euro.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico (left) at a meeting with his Slovenian host and counterpart Janez Jansa (centre).
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany (centre) at a meeting with his Slovenian host and counterpart Janez Jansa (opposite).
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany (centre) at a meeting with his Slovenian host and counterpart Janez Jansa.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany (centre) at a meeting with his Slovenian host and counterpart Janez Jansa.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany (left) and his Slovenian counterpart Janez Jansa at the sidelines of the official ceremony that marked Slovenia's adoption of the euro.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany (left) and his Slovenian counterpart Janez Jansa at the sidelines of the official ceremony that marked Slovenia's adoption of the euro.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany (left) shaking hands with his Slovenian counterpart Janez Jansa at the sidelines of the official ceremony that marked Slovenia's adoption of the euro.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany (left) shaking hands with his Slovenian counterpart Janez Jansa at the sidelines of the official ceremony that marked Slovenia's adoption of the euro.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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Prime Minister Janez Jansa (left) and European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet at the sidelines of the official ceremony that marked Slovenia's adoption of the euro.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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Prime Minister Janez Jansa (left) and European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet at the sidelines of the official ceremony that marked Slovenia's adoption of the euro.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet at the sidelines of the official ceremony that marked Slovenia's adoption of the euro.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet at the sidelines of the official ceremony that marked Slovenia's adoption of the euro.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Ljubljana
European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet at the sidelines of the official ceremony that marked Slovenia's adoption of the euro.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Ljubljana
European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet at the sidelines of the official ceremony that marked Slovenia's adoption of the euro.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Ljubljana
Prime Minister Janez Jansa (left) and European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet at the sidelines of the official ceremony that marked Slovenia's adoption of the euro.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Ljubljana
Prime Minister Janez Jansa (left) and European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet at the sidelines of the official ceremony that marked Slovenia's adoption of the euro.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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