LJUBLJANA Feb 23 Serbia's AIK bank
is allowed to buy more than 50 percent of Slovenia's Gorenjska
Banka, the Bank of Slovenia said on its website.
AIK bought 19.4 percent of Gorenjska last year and is the
second largest shareholder of the small Slovenian bank which is
mainly owned by local companies.
AIK told Slovenian daily newspaper Delo in November it hoped
to buy a majority stake of Gorenjska, adding it planned to grow
AIK was not immediately available for comment on Thursday.
Slovenian tourism and finance firm Sava,
Gorenjska's largest shareholder, last year teamed up with some
other investors to put their stakes up for sale, which together
exceed 50 percent of Gorenjska's equity.
Some of the biggest banks in Slovenia are still state owned
and the government controls about 45 percent of the banking
sector. Several are owned by foreign banks including France's
Societe Generale, Italy's Unicredit and
Intesa Sanpaolo, Russia's Sberbank and
Austria's Sparkasse and Addiko Bank.
(Reporting by Marja Novak; Editing by Mark Potter)