Slovenia Leads Candidate Countries

Slovenia Leads Candidate Countries


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According to a forecast by the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (WIIW), Slovenia’s gross domestic product per inhabitant is closer to the European Union average than that of Greece. In fact, the Slovenian figure will exceed 90 percent of the average EU GDP by 2015, the Austrian press agency reported. As such, Slovenia, the richest country among its fellow EU candidates, will no longer belong to the circle of “poor countries” that are in need of financial aid in a variety of areas, the WIIW’s research showed. In comparison, Greece’s GDP at present amounts to 70 percent of the EU average, while Portugal’s totals 75 percent, Slovenia Business Week informed. All EU accession hopefuls are expected to demonstrate a more rapid economic growth than EU member states; however, some of these candidates are hard pressed to catch up. Two examples are Poland and Lithuania, which will achieve only half of the average EU GDP by 2015. (655)

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