Weekly Review of Events Involving Slovenia from 14 to 20 July

Ljubljana, 21 July - A breakthrough was made last week in solving open issues between Slovenia and Croatia, after the governments of the two countries passed draft agreements on the Krsko Nuclear Power Plant and the course of the state border. Moreover, four years after the signing of the agreement on border traffic and co-operation, the Slovene parliament ratified the document, which is to make life easier for people living in the border region.

Slovene Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel last week paid an official visit to Spain, while head of the provincial government of Italy's Friuli Venezia Giulia, Renzo Tondo, paid an official visit to Slovenia, during which two umbrella organisations of the Slovene minority in Italy drew his attention to the unbearable financial situation faced by the minority. The Slovene minority living in the Austrian province of Carinthia, on the other hand, suffered a blow as the provincial government decided to close down two bilingual schools, while several more are to be transformed.

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