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Review of the Slovenian Economy from 7 to 13 September

Ljubljana, 15 September - Accompanied by a strong business delegation, Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek paid a two-day visit to Russia last week, sharing the opinion with Russian officials that bilateral business co-operation in yet unexplored areas should be encouraged and trade boosted to reach a billion U.S. dollars. The public back home was meanwhile upset by the news that Slovenia might become a net contributor to the common EU budget immediately upon the country's accession to the EU. The Slovenian officials insisted that the calculations by the European Commission came as no surprise to Slovenia, but underlined that corrections to them should be made to ensure that none of the new members would be worse off financially compared to before EU membership. Moreover, Slovenia plans to stick to its demand to be included fully into this system of direct payments after 2006.

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