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Weekly Review of Events Involving Slovenia from 8 to 14 June

Ljubljana, 15 June - Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek on Friday announced to run for president at the autumn election, thus ending several months of speculations about his presidential aspirations. Relations between Slovenia and Croatia dominated the foreign affairs, as Deputy Croatian Prime Minister Drazen Budisa announced that Croatia wold form new standpoints on the border talks. Drnovsek, however, rejected the possibility of renewed talks. A new round of EU accession talks, on the other hand, saw the closure of the chapter on institutions, and also brought along a disappointment, as the EU failed to adopt common negotiating standpoints on agriculture. The European Parliament examined the EU aspirants' preparations for accession, expressing the expectation that Slovenia would become EU member in the shortest possible term.

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