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Schedule of Events for Friday, 16 December

Ljubljana, 15 December - Below is a schedule of events for Friday, 16 December:

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Slovenian PM Janez Jansa is to be taking part in the second day of the EU summit. The 2007-2013 EU spending plan is topping the talks. Jansa is expected to speak to the press after the end of the summit. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - Parliament is to resume its session for December at 10 AM. On the agenda for the day: changes to the local elections act filed by two coalition lawmakers, the second reading of the government-sponsored wine bill and the National Research and Development Programme for 2006-2010.

LJUBLJANA - The Economic Social Council, a forum uniting employers, unions and the government, is to hold a session to debate the government's guidelines for negotiations on the 2006-2009 social agreement; begins at 1 PM. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - The Centre for Public Opinion Research at the Ljubljana Faculty of Social Sciences is to present results of the latest monthly Politbarometer survey; at noon. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - The Health Ministry is to sign a memorandum of understanding with the World Health Organisation's Regional Office for Europe. The agreement is to be signed at 9:30 AM by Health Minister Andrej Brucan and head of WHO's regional office Marc Danzon.

LJUBLJANA - Slovenian asylum policy is to be examined at a panel organised by a number of NGOs and the Anthropology Department of the Ljubljana Faculty of Arts; gets underway at 1 PM.

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian Writers' Association is to confer the 20th Jenko Award for best collection of poems from the past two years at a ceremony scheduled for 7 PM. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - A translation of "White Castle" by Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk is to be launched at a press conference at noon. The launch coincides with the start of a trial against Pamuk, who is accused of insulting his country by claiming that tens of thousands of Kurds and a million Armenians were killed under Turkish rule in the early 20th century.

LJUBLJANA - Press review. (STA)

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