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Schedule of Events for Monday, 20 March

Ljubljana, 19 March - Below is a schedule of events for Monday, 20 March:

BRUSSELS, Belgium - EU foreign ministers, including Slovenia's Dimitrij Rupel, are to prepare a platform for an EU summit scheduled for later in the week, and to discuss a number of international issues, such as the Balkans after the death of Slobodan Milosevic. (STA)

SKOPJE, Macedonia - Slovenia's fixed-line telco Telekom Slovenije is to sign a contract on the purchase of a 76% stake in Macedonia's second-largest provider of Internet services,, which holds a 23% market share. The deal, whose price has not been revealed, was approved by Telekom supervisors last Monday. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - The council of the opposition Liberal Democracy (LDS) is to meet behind closed doors at 4:30 PM to discuss topical issues, including PM Janez Jansa's offer for a development partnership between the government and opposition. Statement to the press after the session.

BRUSSELS, Belgium - EU agriculture ministers, including Slovenia's Marija Lukacic, are to discuss whether to help the poultry sector cope with the consequences of a bird flu outbreak in several EU nations. The implementation of CAP is also on the agenda.

VIENNA, Austria - A two-day EU ministerial, sponsored by Austria's EU presidency, is to discuss tourism as a key to growth and employment, to be attended by Economics Ministry State Secretary Andrijana Starina Kosem and the head of the ministry's tourism directorate Marjan Hribar.

VIENNA, Austria - Development Minister Joze P. Damijan is to outline the experience of transition countries in attracting FDI at an EIB-sponsored meeting of the Facility for Euro-Mediterranean Investment and Partnership.

LJUBLJANA - Representatives of the government, employers and trade unions are to resume talks on a new social agreement, continuing a debate on taxes. Dusan Krajnik of the government's negotiating team is to speak to the press at 3:15 PM.

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian Students' Organisation (SOS) is to present its platform for talks on the government-sponsored structural reforms at a news conference scheduled for 11 AM.

LJUBLJANA - The 14th Days of Jozef Stefan are to begin. Featuring a number of events through 24 March, the festival of science is organised by Slovenia's leading research institute, Institut Jozef Stefan, to mark the birth of physicist Jozef Stefan (1835-1893).

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - A delegation of the parliamentary commission for Slovenians abroad led by its chair Janez Kramberger is continuing a several-day visit to Latin America with a stopover in Uruguay to meet members of the Slovenian community.

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian version of Reader's Digest - "Reader's Digest Slovenija" is to be launched by the publisher Mladinska knjiga at a news conference scheduled for 11 AM. (STA/PHOTO)

LJUBLJANA - A two-month Festival of Argentine Culture is to open at the arts centre Cankarjev dom at 8:30 PM with a concert by accordion player Chango Spasiuk, who has given the "chamame" traditional dance music a new meaning.

LJUBLJANA - A Bank of Slovenia call for tenders for 700,000 euro calculators will run out at 10 AM. If selected, the tenderer will have to supply the calculators by 1 October, so that every household would get one before the planned introduction of the euro on 1 January 2007.

LJUBLJANA - Press review. (STA)

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