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S&P positive about budget draft

STANDARD & POOR’S ratings agency has said that the government-approved draft state budget for 2007 is a positive signal suggesting that the Slovak cabinet wants to fulfill its commitment to adopt the euro in 2009 as originally planned,.

The agency also warned, however, that risks to public finances remain, the Sme daily wrote.

“Should Slovakia fail to achieve the goal of adopting the euro because of problems in public finances, it could lead to pressure to lower the country’s ratings,” S&P analyst Kai Stukenbrock said.

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