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Abolishment of Duty Free Shops - Another Task Awaiting Slovenia on the Way to Europe

Ljubljana, 5 November - The new Slovene parliament and government will soon have to tackle the issue of duty free shops, a burning issue in Slovene-EU negotiations for quite some time. Slovenia is expected to ensure the transformation of such shops on road border crossings with Austria, Italy and Hungary into shops with normal tax obligations as of 1 January 2001. This, however, will not happen, since parliament did not pass suitable legislation for the resolution in time. EU stressed that the abolishment of the duty free shops is also a question of Slovenia's credibility; economic and social consequences are thus less important.

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