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Slovakia - Factors To Watch on Oct 10

BRATISLAVA, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Here are news stories, pressreports and events to watch which may affect Slovak financialmarkets on Wednesday.

GOVT MEETING

The government will hold its regular weekly meeting whereministers will debate the 2013 state budget draft, designed tocut the fiscal gap below the European Union's limit of 3 percentof the GDP, 0700 GMT.

SLOVAKIA TO JOIN EU FINANCIAL TRANSACTION TAX INITIATIVE

Slovakia will join a group of European Union countries thatwant to introduce a common tax on financial transactions, VazilHudak, the country's secretary of state told his EU counterpartsduring 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 andliquors on Tuesday, ending a restriction put in place last monthafter nearly 30 people died from drinking poisonous bootlegbooze 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 flowsto Slovakia for much of the day on Wednesday due to technicalrestrictions, 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-expectedsurplus of 22.8 million euros ($29.57 million) in August, downfrom a revised 37 5.5 mi llion euro surplus in July, the country'sstatistics office said on Tuesday.

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AUG OUTPUT JUMPS MORE THAN EXPECTED

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

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IMF ON SLOVAKIA'S GROWTH OUTLOOK

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

BUDGET RESERVES

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

Sme, page 7CO2 EMISSIONS SALE

Sales of Slovakia's excess carbon emissions are expected tobring 105 million euros ($135.41 million) into the environmentministry's budget and should not be spent in order to help thefinance 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 expectedschools' employees to turn down this offer as not enough, addingstrikes could follow.

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

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