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Weekly Review of Events Involving Slovenia from 3 to 9 February

Ljubljana, 10 February - Four months beyond the deadline, the government adopted the budget bill for 2001 last week, with revenues totalling SIT 1150.1 billion (EUR 5.39 billion) and expenditure SIT 1199.6 billion (EUR 5.62 billion) last week. Budget deficit will thus stand at SIT 49.5 billion (over EUR 232 million), or 1.08 percent of GDP. Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel addressed the European Parliament foreign affairs committee in Brussels, speaking about Slovenia's bid to join the EU, paid a working visit to Paris and attended the 37th international conference on security policy in Munich. Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek travelled to Austria's St. Anton to meet on the fringe of the World Championships where he met with his Austrian counterpart. Slovenia was visited by the chief EU negotiator with candidate countries Eneko Landaburu. This year's highest national award for achievement in arts and culture, the Preseren Award, went to painter Gustav Gnamus.

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