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Schedule of Events from 6 to 12 March

Ljubljana, 5 March - Schedule of events in the week from 6 to 12 March:

MONDAY, 6 March
        TEL AVIV, Israel - President Janez Drnovsek is to meet his Isreali counterpart Moshe Katsav, acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni as part of an official visit to Israel.
        INNSBRUCK, Austria - EU defence ministers, including Slovenia's Karl Erjavec, are to hold a two-day informal meeting to discuss the formation of EU tactical groups, and the civil-military cooperation in EU missions.
        LJUBLJANA - The parliament is to continue its February session, with the government-sponsored amendments to the act on war veterans and changes to the act on succession issues regarding former Yugoslavia expected to be fast-tracked on Monday. The session finishes on Tuesday.
        LJUBLJANA - A working group of veterinary scientists and food-processing industry representatives is to meet for another session to make a risk analysis of poultry vaccination against bird flu. The group should conclude its work by 8 March.
        LJUBLJANA - The state-run Slovenian Restitution Fund (SOD) is to present to the press the results of a new valuation of the country's largest insurance company, Zavarovalnica Triglav.
        LJUBLJANA - The social partners - representatives of the trade unions, the employers and the government - are to resume talks on a new social agreement, for the period between 2006 and 2009, finally starting a debate on taxes.
        LJUBLJANA - The Association of Free Trade Unions of Slovenia (ZZZS) is to present its standpoint on a draft national social security programme for the period 2006-2010.
        LJUBLJANA - MP Ljubo Germic of the opposition Liberal Democracy (LDS) and Former Health Minister Dusan Keber of the LDS are to talk to the press about the current situation in the health care sector.
        LJUBLJANA - As many as 17 retailers - including the largest, such as Mercator, Spar and Tus - are to ask the Constitutional Court to review parts of the trade act concerning the opening hours of shops.
        LJUBLJANA - Shareholders of the investment firm Aktiva Invest are to decide on decreasing the nominal value of one share from SIT 1m (EUR 4,174) to SIT 1,000 (EUR 4.17) in a move that would enable 68,000 small shareholders to remain Aktiva shareholders.
        LJUBLJANA - The World Junior Figure Skating Championships is to get underway (to close on 12 March), bringing together a number of the world's best junior figure skaters, including the Japanese "golden girl" Mao Asada.
        BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Education and Sports Minister Milan Zver continuing a working visit to Argentina until 12 March.
        GORIZIA, Italy - A press conference ahead of KOMIGO 2006, a festival of comedy theatre in the Slovenian, Italian and Friulan languages.

TUESDAY, 7 March
        TEL AVIV, Israel - President Janez Drnovsek is to hold talks with the Knesset Speaker Rueven Rivlin and former Israeli PM Shimon Peres.
        NEW YORK, US - The Statistical Commission of the UN Economic and Social Council is to hold a four-day session. Slovenia is to be represented by director of the National Statistical Office Irena Krizman.
        BRASOV, Romania - The director of the Government's Office for National Minorities Janez Obrez is to attend a four-day international conference on minorities in public life, and the third meeting of the Council of Europe's expert committee on the protection of minorities.
        LJUBLJANA - The National Assembly is to continue its February session by debating the 25 May 2001 - 24 May 2005 report of the Slovenian Restitution Fund (SOD), and pass a bill on medicinal products.
        LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary foreign policy committee is to hold an emergency session.
        LJUBLJANA - The Commerce of Chamber and Industry (GZS) is to discuss a proposal to establish a development fund.
        PORTOROZ - The seaside resort of Portoroz is to host an annual two-day meeting of cooperatives, organised by the Slovenian Association of Cooperatives.
        KOPER - The coastal town of Koper is to hold a ceremony marking the Maritime Day. Transport Minister Janez Bozic the key speaker.
        LJUBLJANA - A travelling exhibition on human rights, dubbed Etra, is to be opened by Ombudsman Matjaz Hanzek and Swiss Ambassador to Slovenia Paul Koller.

WEDNESDAY, 8 March
        RAMALLAH - President Janez Drnovsek is to visit the Palestinian territories for a meeting with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas.
        LJUBLJANA - Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel is to meet members of NGOs ahead of a session of the UN Human Rights Commission in Switzerland's Geneva.
        BERLIN, Germany - Slovenian providers of tourist services are to be promoted at an international tourism market in Berlin.
        LJUBLJANA - The bank Raiffeisen Krekova banka is to present its new investment funds.
        VRHNIKA - Honorary medals are to be conferred on members of the Slovenian Armed Forces who participated in ISAF's first three rotations in Afghanistan.
        POKLJUKA - Biathlon World Cup arrives in Slovenia for a five-day competition at the Pokljuka plateau, with around 250 athletes from 37 countries, including all medal-winners from the 2006 Turin Olympics, expected to compete.
        LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian Association for Fight Against Cancer is to hold a special session to mark the week dedicated to the fight against the disease.
        LJUBLJANA - The Association against Violent Communication and Amnesty International Slovenia are to mark the International Day of Women.
        
THURSDAY, 9 March
        LISBON, Portugal - President Janez Drnovsek is to attend the inauguration of the new Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva.
        BRUSSELS, Belgium - EU environment ministers, including Slovenia's Janez Podobnik, to meet.
        LJUBLJANA - The government is to hold its weekly session.
        LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary finance and monetary policy committee to meet.
        LJUBLJANA - Retailer Spar Slovenija is to present its 2005 business results.
        LJUBLJANA - The Ljubljana Institute of Oncology and the Slovenian Association for the Fight Against Cancer are to hold a press conference.

FRIDAY, 10 March
        SALZBURG, Austria - Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel is to attend a two-day informal meeting of EU foreign ministers.
        BRUSSELS, Belgium - Labour, Family and Social Affairs Minister Janez Drobnic is to attend a session of the EU Council for employment, social affairs, public health and consumer protection.
        LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary EU affairs and budget oversight committees are to hold their respective sessions.
        LJUBLJANA - Director of the Austrian electronic communication agency Georg Serentchy is to deliver a lecture on the role of independent regulator on the market of electronic communications in an EU country.
        TURIN, Italy - Winter Paralympics are to get underway.

SATURDAY, 11 March
        TOLJATTI, Russia - Krim Mercator, Slovenian women's handball champions, are to take on Russia's Lada Togliatti in the first game of the Champions League quarterfinals.

SUNDAY, 12 March
        LJUBLJANA - The opposition Liberal Democracy (LDS) is to mark its anniversary.

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