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Slovenian Bonds Part of S&P's Eurozone Bond Index as of May

Ljubljana, 13 April (STA) - Rating firm Standard & Poor's will include Slovenian euro bonds in its S&P Eurozone Government Bond Index as of May, in what the Finance Ministry says will buttress Slovenia's image as a developed bond issuer.

The index currently includes bonds issued by 11 of the 16 eurozone members. In May it will be expanded to Slovenia and Slovakia, the ministry said Tuesday.

To qualify for inclusion in the index bonds must be denominated in euros, have a maturity greater than one year and have a minimum issue size of EUR 1bn.

The bond must be issued by a eurozone country that is classified as a developed country by the Bank of International Settlements (BIS).

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