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Consequences of an Overhasty Promise Is How Vecer Labels Duty-Free Shops Act

Maribor, 1 February - The minister in charge of European affairs has spent much time and several terms in office to persuade the legislators to eventually pass the law ending the duty-free status of shops on Slovenia's borders with Austria and Italy. He succeeded on Wednesday and he could not hide his pleasure at it. There is little pleasure among mayors of border municipalities, the managers and the employees of duty-free shops. Pessimists even say that the shops will have to be closed down and that many will loose their jobs in the municipalities that cannot offer many new ones, the Maribor-based daily states in Thursday's edition.

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