Press Digest


LJUBLJANA, Feb 19, 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 government said it would lift petrol prices by an average of three percent from Saturday due to higher oil prices on world markets and higher dollar exchange rates.

- Ministry of Economic Relations and Development said it would introduce a special import duty for live cattle from Hungary in order to protect the domestic market.

- Losses at the country's only nuclear power plant Krsko in 1999 decreased to one billion tolars ($4.9 million) from five billion in 1999. DNEVNIK

- The government said it would employ 400 people as a part of its program to fight bureaucracy.

- The foreign ministry said it would ease visa regulations for citizens of Romania which were introduced at the end of January in line with European Union demands.


- Free-trade agreement between Slovenia and Turkey is expected to come into force on April 1 after the Turkish parliament ratified the agreement.


- Chemical company Belinka is expected to be listed on the Ljubljana bourse later this year.

- Share trade in Slovenian petrol trader Petrol will be suspended on Friday pending the release of the firm's 1999 results, the Ljubljana Stock Exchange said.

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