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Latest business news about Slovenia and the European Union.

EU Strategy for the Alpine Region
The European Commission officially launched the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) - the fourth EU macro-regional strategy - on 28 July. More than 70 million citizens will reap the benefits of a closer cooperation between regions and countries in terms of research and innovation, SME support, mobility, tourism, environmental protection and energy resources management. This macro-regional strategy concerns seven countries; five Member States - Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia - and two non-EU countries - Liechtenstein and Switzerland - overall involving 48 regions.

Slovenia factfile
Slovenia, which is holding a presidential run-off on Sunday, was one of the first republics to break away from Yugoslavia in the 1990s, and is the only one so far to have joined the European Union and eurozone.

Slovenia country profile
Slovenia became the first 2004 European Union entrant to adopt the euro (on 1 January 2007) and has experienced one of the most stable political and economic transitions in Central and Southeastern Europe. With the highest per capita GDP in Central Europe, Slovenia has excellent infrastructure, a well-educated work force, and a strategic location between the Balkans and Western Europe. Privatization has lagged since 2002, and the economy has one of highest levels of state control in the EU. Structural reforms to improve the business environment have allowed for somewhat greater foreign participation in Slovenia's economy and have helped to lower unemployment. In March 2004, Slovenia became the first transition country to graduate from borrower status to donor partner at the World Bank. In December 2007, Slovenia was invited to begin the accession process for joining the OECD. Despite its economic success, foreign direct investment (FDI) in Slovenia has lagged behind the region average, and taxes remain relatively high. Furthermore, the labor market is often seen as inflexible, and legacy industries are losing sales to more competitive firms in China, India, and elsewhere. In 2009, the world recession caused the economy to contract - through falling exports and industrial production - by 8%, and unemployment to rise. Although growth resumed in 2010, the unemployment rate continued to rise, approaching 11% in 2011.

Doing business in Slovenia: Sustainability
The Slovenian Development Strategy is the document that provides businesses with guidance on how to become more sustainable.

Slovenia: country overview
Slovenia acceded to the EU in the spring of 2004; it joined the eurozone in 2007. The most important sectors of Slovenia’s economy in 2015 were industry (28.1 %), wholesale and retail trade, transport, accommodation and food services (20.3 %) and public administration, defence, education, human health and social work activities (16.5 %). Slovenia’s main export and import partners are Germany, Italy and Austria.

EES 2011 Slovenia National Report
The Eurochambres Economic Survey 2011 report on Slovenia gives an overview of the Slovenian economy in 2010 and provides a detailed analysis of the economic indicators: total turnover, domestic sales, export sales, employment, investment, and business confidence.

Greek shareholder accountability law against EU rules
A Greek law allowing minor shareholders of television companies to be penalised for improper content violates European Union principles, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled.

State aid: Commission to investigate EUR 20 million capital injections into Elan of Slovenia
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation under EU State aid rules into capital injections destined to two subsidiaries of state owned company Elan Skupina in Slovenia.

Commission approves second prolongation of Slovenian liquidity scheme for the financial sector
The European Commission has authorised, under EU state aid rules, the second prolongation until 30 June 2010 of a Slovenian liquidity scheme for the financial sector.

EU green light for Slovenian short-term export-credit insurance scheme
The European Commission has authorised, under EU state aid rules, a measure adopted by Slovenia to limit the adverse impact of the current financial crisis on export firms.

Slovenia: Economy Overview
Slovenia became the first 2004 European Union entrant to adopt the euro (on 1 January 2007) and has become a model of economic success and stability for the region.

Slovenia Investment Climate 2009
A European Union member since May 1, 2004 and a eurozone member since January 1, 2007, Slovenia has a strong mix of qualities to recommend it as an investment location. With excellent infrastructure, a major port on the Adriatic Sea and a highly educated work force, Slovenia can be an attractive place for the investor to access the markets of Central and Southeastern Europe.

Access to finance
In addition to European funding in various forms, several sources of funding are available to business persons in Slovenia. As a general rule, they follow the intent of establishing a systematic business-friendly environment.

Starting a business in Slovenia
An overview of the process of starting a new business in Slovenia.

Slovenia and the euro
Slovenia joined the European Union in 2004 and, on 1 January 2007, became the first of the new EU countries to adopt the euro.

Slovenia (New EU Countries and Citizens)
This excellent new series focuses on the ten new member states of the European Union - Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, Malta, and Cyprus. Highly illustrated with colour photographs, maps and drawings, each book contains information about the culture, people, history, geographical features, climate and economy of each country, and much more!

Slovenia (European Union: Political, Social and Economic Cooperation) (European Union: Political, Social and Economic Cooperation)
With a membership of 25 countries covering some 3.3m sq. km., and a population approaching 4 billion, the European Union is a force to be reckoned with. Formally established in 1993, the EU is the most recent in a series of European cooperative organizations that originated in 1951 and became the European Community in 1967. Its principal aim is to promote and expand cooperation among member states in trade, security, law, and social issues. Much of what the EU does, or fails to do, is misunderstood by many and this stems from a basic lack of understanding the component parts of the organization. "The European Union" is a 26-volume series that aims to provide a fundamental understanding of the political, social, and economic status of each country for a better understanding of the whole.

Programme and Priorities of the Slovenian EU Presidency
The five main priorities of Slovenian presidency are: The future of the Union and timely entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty; Successful launching of the new Lisbon Strategy cycle; A step forward in addressing climate-energy issues; Strengthening of the European perspective of the Western Balkans; Promoting the dialogue between cultures, beliefs and traditions in the context of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.

Slovenia country profile
Previously one of Yugoslavia's six constituent republics, present-day Slovenia became independent in 1991 as Yugoslavia fell apart. The Republic of Slovenia became a member state of the European Union on 1 May 2004.

Slovenia Yellow Pages
Addresses for more than 97,000 business subjects (42,000 companies and 55,000 independent entrepreneurs) in Slovenia

Slovenia Partner
Gateway To Slovenian business - database of Slovenian exporters, Slovenian business partners, and information about Slovenia as the location for your investment project.

Slovenia Business Week
Slovenia Business Week is an electronic weekly, issued by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, with news on a variety of topics concerning the Slovenian economy and business.

Business Environment - Slovenia
Snapshot of the business environment for the Slovenian economy, from the World Bank

International Tax and Business Guide Slovenia (Deloitte)
The Taxation and Investment Guides are a first stop for investors wishing to gain a working perspective on the operating conditions and investment climate – including the legal, accounting and taxation framework – in the countries covered in the Deloitte International Tax Source. In addition to the Slovenia Highlights and Taxation and Investment Guide, above, country links open the door to the Deloitte International Tax Source and a wide range of materials and information on the tax consequences of doing business across borders.