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Decontrol in Eastern Europe

Former Communist nations in Eastern Europe continue to make progress toward privatized energy industries and free markets.In Hungary, the government has sold all but 25% of the oil and gas conglomerate MOL Rt.Government privatization agency officials said the 25% share may be sold in 2000, if issues arising from MOL's merger talks with Croatian oil company INA can be resolved.MOL, Hungary's largest company by sales, has been restructuring and expanding in a drive to become Eastern Europe's dominant energy firm.Hungary wants to raise natural gas prices to free-market levels but has decided it cannot do that without increasing inflation to an unacceptable extent. Of course, the ...

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