Press Digest


LJUBLJANA, Feb 5, 2000 -- (Reuters) Following are the main stories in Slovenia's newspapers on Friday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


- The opposition Slovenian Nationalist Party (SNS) proposed to amend a law on duty-free shops on Slovenia's borders with the EU so that the shops would be closed in 2007 instead at the end of 2000 as the government has they would.

- "EU will be hell if we join it unprepared," said Emil Erjavec, responsible for agriculture in the country's negotiating team for EU membership, when asked what would happen to Slovenia's food industry after joining the union.

- Home appliances maker Gorenje, the country's third largest firm in terms of sales, is likely to move to the main market of the Ljubljana bourse from the OTC section, market analysts said.

- In 1999 Slovenia raised 375 million euros in loans from the European Investment Bank (EIB). Romania was the only EU hopeful that raised more from the EIB than Slovenia with 395.5 million.


- The teachers' union, which threatened to stage a strike in March for higher wages, said they have sent a letter to Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek with all their demands, but they fear Drnovsek would not reply because he usually does not in similar cases.


- Montenegro's Foreign Minister Branko Lukovac met his counterpart Dimitrij Rupel and Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek to increase bilateral economic cooperation.


- Slovenian fund operators will take part in the privatisation process in Bosnia. Fund operator LB Maksima is 10-percent owner of a newly established fund operator in Mostar while Kmecka Druzba holds 40 percent in another Bosnian fund operator.

- Banka Koper said it would list its shares on the main market of the Ljubljana bourse this spring.