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Weekly Review of Most Important Events in Slovenia in the Period between 10 and 17 July

Ljubljana, 19 July - Decisions on affairs, which will be discussed by the National Council and the National Assembly before summer-holidays, were adopted in the parliament. This second week of July will be remembered by the death of 85-year old Ivan Maček-Matija, one of Slovenia's national heroes, who is still considered a controversial political personality. Slovenia's foreign affairs focused on the visit of the Prime Minister, Janez Drnovšek and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lojze Peterle to Budapest, where they continued to establish contacts with Slovenia's neighbouring countries and other countries of the Central European Initiative. On this visit a new step towards the improvement of relations between Slovenia and Croatia was made, when the Prime Ministers of these two countries agreed to sign three important bilateral agreements next week in Ljubljana. After the meeting of the Slovene/Russian commercial commission in Ljubljana, a decree on commercial, economic, scientific and technical cooperation between Slovenia and Russia was signed. By week's end, a stricter decree on the import of goods for personal use came into operation. Under the new degree, imported goods intended for personal use, and not submitted to customs clearance, must not exceed US $100. The previous decree allowed Slovene citizens to bring US $200 across the border.

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