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Kucan Calls on Slovenes to Become a Completely Open Society

Ljubljana, 25 June - NATIONAL/DAY/KUCAN
The image of Slovenia has changed in these eight years. Through statehood, the Slovene people have gained a security and a greater openness to the world. The institutions of the state have been reorganised or entirely re-established, and they are functioning. Slovenia's economy has to a large extent found replacements for the lost markets and is now active in more demanding markets; a number of Slovene companies are now international, and some are even global, while social conditions are stable. An agreement has been signed between the social partners on pension reform, young people have been offered a national housing savings scheme, and a national programme of social security has been fixed for the period up to 2005. Slovenia co-operates in the international community as an equal to all other countries committed to peace, security, development and prosperity, President of the State Milan Kucan said in his address at the Cankarjev dom cultural centre, where the central event was held to mark National Day late on Friday.

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