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Weekly Review of Events Involving Slovenia from 24-30 November

Ljubljana, 1 December - The parliament passed the budget bills this week despite criticism from the opposition, who want the government to cut its spending more. Economists joined calls for fiscal discipline, as well restraint in wage demands, as Slovenia's inflation hit 5.7%, the highest point since June 2003. Unemployment meanwhile hit an all-time low of 4.5% by ILO-standards. The government also faced a strike by customs officers, who were appeased after 40 hours of a work to rule by additional job security promises. PM Janez Jansa continued a busy schedule ahead of Slovenia's EU presidency by visiting the Holy See and Italy.

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