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Yearbook 1999

Slovenia. According to Countryaah official website, Slovenia's economic growth slowed somewhat during the year, but it was still among the leading candidate countries for EU membership. According to economic experts, Slovenia was delayed with the privatizations of banks, insurance companies and industries in particular, as well as the slow modernization of trade policy, for example. customs barriers. What argues for Slovenian membership in the EU is that only 7% of the population are employed in the agricultural sector and that the country therefore does not become a burden to the EU in terms of agricultural support. In addition, unemployment is modest 7%.

1999 Slovenia

In the summer, US President Bill Clinton made a quick visit to Ljubljana, praising Slovenia for its democratic development, its stable foreign policy and its economic success. In the fall, President Milan Kučan and his wife Stefna were on a state visit to Sweden.

Prime Minister Janez Drnovšek and his coalition government succeeded in a pragmatic way of reaching consensus between the political parties on important issues, such as EU and NATO membership.

A dispute arose during the autumn with Austria over the origin of the known lipizzan horses. The horses are part of the Spanish riding school in Vienna and provide good tourist income to Austria. The dispute was referred to the European Commission, which however rejected the matter and invited the parties to agree.

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