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Review of Slovenia's Economy in the Week from 3 to 9 February

Ljubljana, 11 February - The government has eventually passed this year's budget bill with an almost four-month delay. The bill anticipates a deficit of over EUR 232 million, or 1.08 percent of GDP. After lengthy negotiations on the purchase price of milk, dairies and cow breeders have only managed to reach an interim agreement under which the milk purchased in January will be paid at the same price as that purchased last December. The government has rejected the Savske elektrarne-proposed investment programme for the construction of the Bostanj hydroelectric power station as inadequate and ordered hydroelectric power plants to jointly draw up an investment plant for the construction of the entire line of plants along the Sava river. Meantime, the National Council imposed a veto on the law that is to end the duty-free status of shops on Slovenia's land borders with Austria and Italy.

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