Slovenian euro coin production begins

EU finance ministers on Tuesday 11 July gave Slovenia a final formal go-ahead for the country's entry to the eurozone as of January 2007.

The Slovenian central bank must distribute 155 million euro coins and 42 million bank notes by the beginning of the next year.

The new coins with Slovenian images are being made in Finland's mint, with Estonia planning to do the same down the line as neither of the countries have their own national mints.

Finnish finance minister Eero Heinaluoma - heading the