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Schedule of Events for Monday, 15 May

Ljubljana, 14 May - Below is a schedule of events for Monday, 15 May:

BRUSSELS, Belgium - The EU Council is to convene for a session on general affairs and external relations. Slovenia is to be represented by Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel, Defence Minister Karl Erjavec, and the head of the Government Office for European Affairs (SVEZ) Janez Lenarcic. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - EU experts are to visit Slovenia to continue their scrutiny of Slovenia's readiness to enter the Schengen zone, this time focusing on the country's land border, the most extensive of all evaluations. The visit is to conclude on Friday in the town of Ptuj in the northeast.

LJUBLJANA - Social partners are to resume talks on the 2006-2009 social agreement, this time trying to close the chapter of employment and labour force. The head of the government's negotiating team Dusan Krajnik is to give a statement to the press after the meeting at 3:15 PM.

LJUBLJANA - The Ministry of the Environment is to mark the World Climate Changes Day with a 10 AM press conference speaking about cutting greenhouse gas emissions by using biofuels in traffic. A public debate on climate change is to follow at 5 PM, with Minister Janez Podobnik delivering the opening address.

LJUBLJANA - Bosnia-Herzegovina Minister for Human Rights and Refugees Mirsad Kebo is expected in Slovenia for a two-day visit.

LJUBLJANA - The national telco Telekom Slovenije is to present to the press at 11 AM its new subsidiary Teledat.

LJUBLJANA - State Secretary at the Foreign Ministry Bozo Cerar is to receive at 2 PM copies of credentials of the newly-appointed Japanese Ambassador to Slovenia Tsuneshige Iiyama.

LJUBLJANA - The leader of the opposition Liberal Democracy (LDS) Jelko Kacin is to talk to the press at 10:30 AM about constitutional changes, put forward by the Justice Ministry, and other current political issues in Slovenia.

LJUBLJANA - Internationally acclaimed Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek is to discuss "what is subconscious today" in a 6 PM lecture dedicated to the 150 anniversary of Sigmund Freud's birth. Zizek's rare talks at home are crowded with both philosophers and his fans.

LJUBLJANA - A 7 PM panel is to discuss whether Slovenians need foreigners to write about the country's contemporary history, following the launch of the translation of a book about the post-war killings of the domobranci in 1945 by two British authors.

LJUBLJANA - The Association of Ballet Artists of Slovenia is to confer at 7:30 PM prestigious Lydia Wisiak Awards, named after a distinguished dancer and pedagogue, the leading ballerina of Slovenian ballet after WWI.

RIGA, Latvia - Slovenia are to play Italy in the last game of the relegation round of the World Ice Hockey Championships. The game starts at 3:15 PM. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - Press review. (STA)

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