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Schedule of Events from 15 to 21 May

Ljubljana, 14 May - Schedule of events in the week from 15 to 21 May:

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.
        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.
        LJUBLJANA - The Ministry of the Environment is to mark the World Climate Changes Day with a press conference speaking about cutting greenhouse gas emissions by using biofuels in traffic. A public debate on climate change is to follow later in the afternoon, 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 its new subsidiary Teledat.
        LJUBLJANA - State Secretary at the Foreign Ministry Bozo Cerar is to receive 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 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 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 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 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.

        STRASBOURG, France - The European Commission and the European Central Bank are to publish their convergence reports for Slovenia, evaluating the country's readiness to enter the eurozone on 1 January 2007.
        LJUBLJANA - FM Dimitrij Rupel is to meet the UN's special envoy for Kosovo Martti Ahtisaari.
        HAGUE, Netherlands - FM Dimitrij Rupel is to travel to Netherlands for a two-day visit.
        AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Slovenian Army Chief-of-Staff, Major General Ladislav Lipic, is expected in Netherlands for a three-day visit.
        LJUBLJANA - Montenegrin FM Miodrag Vlahovic is to hold a lecture ahead of the referendum on Montenegro's independence.
        LJUBLJANA - A delegation of the Kosovo parliament is expected in Slovenia, where it will be received by Defence Minister Karl Erjavec.
        LJUBLJANA - Slovenian Consumers' Association and the Tourism, Hotels and Restaurants Association at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) is to hold a round table on solving disputes between consumers and tourist agencies.
        LJUBLJANA - Slovenian Managers' Association and Employers' Association are to stage a seminar on wages and awards for top managers.
        NOVA GORICA - The municipality of the western city of Nova Gorica is to hold a ceremony to honour the new University of Nova Gorica, upgraded from the Polytechnic of Nova Gorica.
        CELJE - A press conference is to be held ahead of the official declaration of the newly-established diocese of Celje, and the newly-appointed Bishop of Celje Anton Stres.
        LJUBLJANA - The Association of Slovenian Filmmakers is to present a selection of awarded short films of the past decade, and confer honorary awards on its members.

        DUBLIN, Ireland - The Council of Ministers of the European Conference of Ministers of Transport is to convene for its 90th two-day session. Slovenia is to be represented by Transport Minister Janez Bozic.
        LJUBLJANA - The government's Development Office is to host a round table on incentives and obstacles for reforms.
        LJUBLJANA - The new head of the Government Office for European Affairs (SVEZ) Janez Lenarcic is to present to the parliamentary committees for foreign policy and EU affairs a report on the preparations for Slovenia's EU presidency in the first half of 2008.
        LJUBLJANA - The Environment Ministry is to hold a press conference on electromagnetic radiation.
        LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian Writers' Association is to reveal to the press the nominees for this year's third Desetnica Award, an award for literature for children and youth.
        LJUBLJANA - The main Valvasor Award for achievements in the Slovenian museology is to be conferred.

        PARIS, France - FM Dimitrij Rupel is to travel to France for an official visit.
        BRUSSELS, Belgium - The EU Council of Ministers for Education, Youth and Culture is to convene for a two-day session. Slovenia's Education Minister Milan Zver and Culture Minister Vasko Simoniti to attend.
        BERLIN, Germany - Defence Minister Karl Erjavec is to take part in a two-day international conference on global safety.
        VARAZDIN, Croatia - Interior Minister Dragutin Mate is to attend a two-day trilateral meeting of interior ministers of Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia.
        LJUBLJANA - The government is to convene for its weekly session.
        LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary committees for finances and monetary policy, economic affairs, and EU affairs are to hold a joint session to discuss preparations for euro adoption.
        LJUBLJANA - The international advertising festival Golden Drum is to be presented to the press.
        LJUBLJANA - A news conference is to be held ahead of the 21st international Vilenica International Writers' Meeting.
        LJUBLJANA - The 12th Exodos festival of performing arts is to open with a concert by the Musicians of the Nile.

FRIDAY, 19 May
        STRASBOURG, France - FM Dimitrij Rupel is to attend a session of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers.
        EISENSTADT, Austria - The EU environment ministers, including Slovenia's Janez Podobnik, are to gather for a three-day informal session.
        LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary commission for petitions, human rights and equal opportunities is to discuss a report of the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights Alvaro Gil-Robles on Slovenia's progress in implementing his 2003 recommendations.
        SLOVENIA - Secondary school graduates from around Slovenia are to take part in traditional graduation parades across Slovenia, dancing the quadrille to improve the Guinness World Record for simultaneous dancing yet again.

        PEKRE - A ceremony is to mark the 15th anniversary of the first generation of soldiers of the Slovenian Army. Defence Minister Karl Erjavec to attend.
        VACE - The Association of War for Slovenia Veterans is to stage a ceremony marking the association's day, with Minister of Labour, Family and Social Affairs Janez Drobnic as the keynote speaker.
        VIBORG, Denmark - Slovenian women's handball champions Krim are to take on Denmark's Viborg in the return match of the final of the Champions League. The match starts at 7:15 PM.

SUNDAY, 21 May
        CELJE - The official declaration of the newly-established diocese of Celje, and the newly-appointed Bishop of Celje Anton Stres.

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