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Review of Events in Slovenia in December

In December the Slovenian parliament passed the Law on Local Self-Government, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDS) signed the Annex to the Coalition Agreement with Slovenian Christian Democrats (SKD) and Associated List of Social Democrats (ZLSD). Social Democratic Party of Slovenia (SDSS) supported in principle the annex which was designed to consolidate the procedure of coordinating the governmental parties' positions. However, SDSS did not sign the agreement since it had doubts about the possibilities of its implementation, SDSS Chairman Janez Janša explained. Slovenia signed agreements on free trade with the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Foreign Minister Lojze Peterle visited Spain, Prime Minister Janez Drnovšek met Austrian Chancellor Franz Vranitzky, and Slovenian President Milan Kučan visited Albania. The decision of the Public Prosecution of Maribor that there was no criminal offence committed in the so-called arms affair was given much attention. Political parties and movements of the political centre, which are close to LDS, dedicated a week in December to the struggle against national intolerance. Inflation of retail prices in Slovenia in November was 1.6 per cent higher than in October. The October gross wage in Slovenia amounted to SIT 79,000. Planica confirmed its name in the world of sports by opening the Ski-Jump World Cup this year.

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