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  2003 2002 2001 Ranking(2003)
Millions of US $ 26,284 21,108 18,800 63
GNI per capita
 US $ 11,830 9,810 9,760 51
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Update No: 109 - (29/06/06)

There is no doubt which of the former communist countries that have (or will) entered the EU is the front-runner - Slovenia. It has the most advanced economy and by far the highest standard of living, with fabulous scenery and a great position astride the Alps as the natural gateway to the Balkans. Its population is highly educated, multilingual and cosmopolitan. It is truly a charmed country.
It was somehow natural for Bush and Putin to make Ljubljana the venue for their first meeting in June, 1991, a different world from today. As we shall see, Slovenia's high standing with both the US and Russia is paying rich dividends today.

Jansa: Euro Switch Biggest Natnl Achievement Since Joining EU
Slovenia is yet again taking the initiative, this time in the monetary sphere. The EU's nod for Slovenia's euro switch on 1st January 2007 is historical, while entering the eurozone is the country's biggest achievement since joining the EU in May 2004, Prime Minister Janez Jansa said at the close of the EU summit in Brussels on Friday, 16th June. 
"Today is a great day", Jansa believes, because "with all the open issues faced by the EU, the decision to expand the eurozone to Slovenia is proof that the bloc is still continuing with its integration process. We are happy with the green light for euro adoption as well as with the confirmation that the Slovenian economy is in good shape and that the country fulfils the demanding convergence criteria." 
Apart from leaders of all EU states, European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, also congratulated Slovenia at a press conference after the close of the two-day summit. The euro changeover is not just important for Slovenia, it is important for the whole of the bloc, as by including Slovenia, the EU has shown that the eurozone is open for all newcomers, said Barroso and Austrian Chancellor, Wolfgang Schuessel, whose country currently presides over the EU. 
Lithuania meanwhile was warned that the currently valid euro changeover criteria do not take into account the fact that some new EU members, especially the Baltic states, have a slightly higher inflation rate, yet also record huge economic growth. 
"Such a situation was not taken into account when setting euro changeover criteria," Jansa agreed, yet added that decisions to change such criteria were not passed at the summit. 

Jansa Says Slovenia Must Improve Innovation capacity
Yet there must be no complacency. Slovenia must significantly improve its innovation capacity if it is to catch up with the most advanced EU members, Prime Minister, Jansa, had said after meeting former Finnish Prime Minister, Esko Aho, on Wednesday, 14 June, two days before the historic Brussels deal. 
Jansa said that innovation capacity must be improved even though Slovenia is in a relatively good position with respect to the other EU newcomers, the PM's office said in a press release. 
Talks with Aho, who is credited with having made a significant contribution to Finland's success in research and development, focused on Finland's experience in this field. 

Gazprom Delegation Visits Slovenia
Russian natural gas has been supplied to Slovenia since 1978. In 2005 Gazprom provided the Republic with 672.7m cu m of gas. Natural gas import and distribution in Slovenia is overseen by Geoplin d.o.o. Ljubljana. In 2005 Gazexport signed with Geoplin d.o.o. 

Ljubljana a new contract for gas supply to the Republic of Slovenia over 2007 to 2015
Portorose (Slovenia) on June 20th hosted a working meeting of Alexey Miller, Chairman of Gazprom's Management Committee, Janez Jansa, Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia and Andrej Vizjak, Slovenian Economy Minister. 
The parties addressed the prospect of boosting gas supply to Slovenia and discussed potential joint businesses in the oil and gas processing, petrochemicals and power generation sectors. 

Slovenia, US to discuss pipeline
Jansa is likely to discuss the prospect of an oil pipeline with US President George W. Bush in July.
Slovenian newspaper Delo said "it is very likely" that Bush will raise the notion of an oil pipeline running between the Black Sea and the Adriatic Sea during Prime Minister Jansa's Washington visit, and referred to government sources who say that the US oil industry has already begun lobbying for the project's go-ahead.
Igor Salamun, of the Slovenian Economy Ministry's energy office, said: "We think that the American oil industry will most likely suggest to the US president to open this question in his talks with the Slovenian Prime Minister."

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Agriculture in GDP drops to 1.8 percent 

The share of agriculture in Slovenia's economy is steadily shrinking, whereas it accounted for 2.8 per cent of GDP in 1995. The figure dropped to 1.8 per cent last year, Slovene Press Agency reported, citing the National Statistical Office. 
The main reason why the share of agriculture has shrunk is the faster growth of other sectors, according to the statisticians. Agricultural revenues measured in man-work units have also dropped, shrinking by 4.2 per cent in 2005 compared to the year before, it was reported. Subsidies managed to offset the lower prices of agricultural products, but they could not fully compensate for the lost revenues. According to the Statistical Office, Slovenia had 77,175 farm holdings last year, with an average area under cultivation of 6.3 hectares. While the average farm size has remained unchanged, the average number of heads of livestock has dropped from 5.9 to 5.4. About 260,000 family members were included in farm work, or about eight percent of the total population, the figures indicated.

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Sberbank signs deal with export corporation 

Russian savings bank Sberbank (RTS: SBER) and Slovenian export corporation Slovenska izvozna druzba, d.d. have signed an agreement on cooperation, aimed at strengthening interaction in the funding of Slovenian goods and services imports to Russia, according to a Sberbank report. The agreement is one more step toward deepening long-term relations between Sberbank and Slovenia's financial institutes, and will create a basis for deals on specific operations, the bank said. It will enable the funding of short-term trade deals for Russian companies and also fund mid-and long-term investment projects for the bank's corporate clients, Sberbank said, New Europe reported.

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Govt bond ratings may see upgrade 

Moody's Investors Service placed Slovenia's Aa3-rated foreign and local currency government bonds, as well as the Aa3 ceiling for foreign currency bank deposits, on review for possible upgrade, the rating agency said recently in a report. Slovenia's foreign currency country ceiling for bonds and its local currency deposit ceiling (both Aaa) and its short-term foreign currency country ceilings (both P-1) are not affected by this rating action, Moody's said. Moody's said the ratings review is prompted by Slovenia's continuing, solid macroeconomic performance, its structural reform initiatives, its accession to the European Union in May 2004 and its formal acceptance for adoption of the Euro no later than early 2007, New Europe reported.

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Telekom Slovenije profit up 55% in 2005 

State-controlled Slovenian telecoms operator, Telekom Slovenije, proposed a gross dividend of 1,262 tolars (5.30 Euro) per share for 2005, up from 1,224 tolars from the previous year, New Europe reported.
The group net profit jumped 55 per cent last year to 23.2 billion tolars. Earlier this May, the Slovenian government, which owns 74 per cent of Telekom Slovenije, adopted a plan for its privatisation. The Telekom Slovenije Group consists of the parent company and six subsidiaries. It owns the country's largest mobile operator, Mobitel, the biggest internet provider, SIOL, and the second-largest Internet services provider in Macedonia,

Telecom buys Kosovo's Ipko Net 

Slovenia's Telecom bought 75 per cent of Kosovo's main Internet provider Ipko Net, New Europe reported recently.
Telecom bought the majority shares of Ipko Net for 19.5 million Euro, with 10 million Euro earmarked for investments in improving the infrastructure in the next two years, according to a statement issued by the province's company. Ipko Net is a Kosovo company with over 100 employees, providing internet services to businesses and residents, and covering about 80 per cent of the province's territory, it added.

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