Slovenia targets inflation to adopt euro in 2007

Slovenia hopes to reduce annual inflation in 2005 to less than three per cent, clearing the way for the former Yugoslav state to enter the eurozone by the beginning of 2007, central bank governor Mitja Gaspari told a meeting of business leaders.

"If we want to enter the euro in less than two years, we have to meet the Maastricht criteria among which inflation still represents a problem for us," Gaspari told a meeting of businessmen from Slovenia's Adriatic coast gathered in Koper, to the west