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Pahor: Aid Deal for Greece the Least Bad Solution

Brussels, 26 March (STA) - Prime Minister Borut Pahor, who is attending the spring EU summit in Brussels, said on Friday that an agreement on the mechanism to transfer aid to Greece, if it is necessary, is the $least bad solution among the possible solutions; there are no good solutions for this problem.$

Slovenia as a member of the eurozone cannot opt out of the adopted mechanism, but it's view is closer to Germany's, which is based on the argument that Greece has to carry out painful austerity measures and reforms, Pahor added.

Slovenia will participate in the mechanism, he said, adding that Greece did not ask for help and that the eurozone countries still have not adopted any decision on aid to the country.

According to the prime minister, it is hard to request from Slovenian workers, who are expected to work until the age of 65, to help Greek workers who retire at 55.

Slovenia has been active in trying to reach a compromise, said Pahor, who agrees with the agreement which envisages an aid mechanism with bilateral loans from eurozone countries and funds from the International Monetary Fund in case of an emergency.

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