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Weekly Review of Events Involving Slovenia from 10 to 16 February

Ljubljana, 17 February - After several months of delays and debate, the Italian Senate finally passed the global protection act for the Slovene minority living in Italy. Thus the minority after several decades of efforts obtained the same status as the French and German minorities in Italy. Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek held informal talks with Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel and President Thomas Klestil at St. Anton, and for the first time met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Slovak Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda paid a visit to Slovenia, accompanied by a business delegation. Slovenia's chief negotiator with the EU Janez Potocnik visited Spain at the begining of the week, and Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Pique paid a visit to Slovenia later in the week. Two Slovene-European subcommittees were in session in Ljubljana last week. Slovenia last week took over the co-chairing of the first working table of the Stability Pact for SE Europe.

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