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Slovakia - Factors To Watch on Oct 10

BRATISLAVA, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Slovak financial markets on Wednesday.

GOVT MEETING

The government will hold its regular weekly meeting where ministers will debate the 2013 state budget draft, designed to cut the fiscal gap below the European Union's limit of 3 percent of the GDP, 0700 GMT.

SLOVAKIA TO JOIN EU FINANCIAL TRANSACTION TAX INITIATIVE

Slovakia will join a group of European Union countries that want to introduce a common tax on financial transactions, Vazil Hudak, the country's secretary of state told his EU counterparts during discussions in Luxembourg on Tuesday.

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SLOVAKS LIFT IMPORT BAN ON CZECH SPIRITS

Slovakia will lift an import ban on Czech-made spirits and liquors on Tuesday, ending a restriction put in place last month after nearly 30 people died from drinking poisonous bootleg booze in its central European neighbour.

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CZECH GRID OPERATOR TO CURB FLOWS TO SLOVAKIA ON WEDNESDAY

Czech grid operator CEPS will limit cross border power flows to Slovakia for much of the day on Wednesday due to technical restrictions, CEPS said on its Web site on Tuesday.

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AUG TRADE SURPLUS EUR 22.8 MLN, WELL BELOW FCASTS

Slovakia's trade balance showed a much worse-than-expected surplus of 22.8 million euros ($29.57 million) in August, down from a revised 37 5.5 mi llion euro surplus in July, the country's statistics office said on Tuesday.

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AUG OUTPUT JUMPS MORE THAN EXPECTED

Slovakia's industrial output rose by a much faster-than-expected 17.0 percent year-on-year in August, slightly decelerating from an 18.5 percent increase reported in July, the statistics office data showed on Tuesday.

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IMF ON SLOVAKIA'S GROWTH OUTLOOK

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expected Slovakia's export-driven economy to expand by 2.6 percent this year and accelerate its growth pace to 2.8 percent next year.

BUDGET RESERVES

The finance ministry proposes a reserve package worth 313 million euros in the 2013 state budget draft, aimed to create a cushion for possible worsening of the economic situation and risks threatening the government's consolidation plans.

Sme, page 7 CO2 EMISSIONS SALE

Sales of Slovakia's excess carbon emissions are expected to bring 105 million euros ($135.41 million) into the environment ministry's budget and should not be spent in order to help the finance ministry with outlined fiscal consolidation.

TEACHERS PAY

The finance ministry offered 60 million euros to teachers' unions to raise salaries in the sector, but unions expected schools' employees to turn down this offer as not enough, adding strikes could follow.

Reuters has not verified the media reports, nor does it vouch for their accuracy.

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