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%.
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.