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Weekly Review of Slovene Economy from June 14 through 20

Ljubljana, 20 June - President of the Chamber of Small Business (OZS) Transport Section Darko Hlupic officially called off a protest of truck drivers scheduled for Monday, 22 June, after an agreement was signed on Friday afternoon between the government, Chamber of Small Business (OZS) and Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS). At Friday's correspondence session, the government adopted several measures thus meeting the demands made by Slovene truck drivers. The government agreed to reduce motorway tolls and yearly payments for the use of roads which in the future would be calculated on the basis of lorry axle pressure and the lorry's weight, as stipulated by the EU standards. Moreover, it was agreed that in the border area at border crossings and on national roads the government will not allow the collection of municipality taxes. By 2 July at the latest, the government will have adopted a decree (which will take effect on 15 July) allowing lorries to have a free access to the customs house. By 30 October, a working group should bring some other issues into line with truck drivers' demands, one of which is a change to the recently passed Road Safety Act. Minister of Transport and Communications Anton Bergauer said a working group would start dealing with the remaining open issues as early as on Monday.

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