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Review of Events Involving Slovenia in the Week from 23 to 29 December

Ljubljana, 30 December - The past week in Slovenia was marked by a state and a church holiday, namely Independence Day and Christmas. Changes to the government act came into force last week, so that Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek authorised Minister of Social Affairs Vlado Dimovski to run the Ministry of Economic Relations and Development and the Ministry of Small Business and Tourism until new ministers are named. Health minister Dusan Keber was authorised to head the Ministry of Science and Technology. The foreign political scene was fairly quiet last week, with most attention being paid to the working visit by Yugoslav Central Bank Governor Mladjan Dinkic to Slovenia. Dinkic met with his host Bank of Slovenia Governor France Arhar. An analysis of the advisory company PricewaterhouseCoopers published in the British weekly the Economist showed that Slovenia is the most suitable candidate for the EU. However, Slovenia is not "home free" yet, as EU-members favour the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.

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