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Weekly Review of Slovenian Business & Economy from 17 to 23 April

Ljubljana, 25 April - After the parliament appointed five new ministers on 20 April, it got busy adopting EU compatible legislation. All laws did not go through smoothly, though, as the National Council later vetoed the income tax act. While central bank Governor Mitja Gaspari was announcing that the inflation rate can be curbed to 3.2 percent by the end of the year, he also stealthily lowered the GDP growth forecast for 2004 to 3.1 percent. Meanwhile, workers in the metal and electronic industries staged a four-hour strike, determined to force a higher pay increase than that offered by the employers.

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