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Slovenia invited to join the OECD

Slovenia has been invited to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a 30-member rich countries' club.

Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel, who revealed the news, said Slovenia waited ten years for the invitation. Rupel, who got the news from his Spanish counterpart Miguel Moratinos, expressed the hope that the six other candidates from Europe would succeed with their bids as well.
Of the 27 EU member states, 19 are members of the club, among them four that joined the bloc in 2004, namely the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. In this round of enlargement the club will expand to Slovenia, Estonia, Russia, Indonesia, Israel and Chile, the OECD annual ministerial meeting decided. (