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Schedule of Events from 22 to 28 May

Ljubljana, 21 May - Schedule of events in the week from 22 to 28 May:

MONDAY, 22 May
        LJUBLJANA - Parliament is to begin its May session, discussing proposals to change the Constitution related to the judiciary, regionalisation and lawmaker immunity, as well as a bill on religious freedom in first reading and several legislative changes in second reading. On the opening day of the session, PM Janez Jansa and his ministers will be taking questions from opposition MPs.
        BRUSSELS, Belgium - EU agriculture ministers, among them Slovenia's Marija Lukacic, are to meet to discuss environmentally sustainable farming and GMO controls.
        VIENNA, Austria - Beginning of two-day Conference of Community and European Affairs Committees of Parliaments of the EU (COSAC), to be attended by chair of the Slovenian parliamentary EU affairs committee Anton Kokalj.
        BRATISLAVA, Slovakia - Interior Minister Dragutin Mate is to attend a two-day meeting of his counterparts from Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia (Salzburg Forum) to discuss witness protection and Schengen evaluation, among other topics.
        LJUBLJANA - The Student Organisation of Slovenia (SOS) and the government are to hold another round of negotiations in an attempt to avert a protest announced by SOS for Wednesday.
        LJUBLJANA - FM Dimitrij Rupel is to speak about Slovenia's diplomatic service at a news conference on Diplomacy Day.
        LJUBLJANA - The social partners are to resume talks on the labour market and employment in a bid to reach agreement on a new, 2006-2009 social agreement.
        LJUBLJANA - The Chamber of Craft Industries (OZS) is to hold a press conference to speak about its situation, with Minister of the Economy Andrej Vizjak expected to attend.
        LJUBLJANA - Justice Minister Lovro Sturm is to speak to the press in a response to arguments against a proposal to change the constitution to allow appointments of judges with a temporary term in office.
        KLAGENFURT, Austria - A joint news conference by the Carinthian Heimatdienst, the Association of Carinthian Slovenians and the Association of Slovenian Organisations about the decree on bilingual signs in the province.
        TRIESTE, Italy - The Slovenian ambassador to Italy Andrej Capuder is to visit the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region headquarters.
        MARIBOR - The Association of Municipalities and Towns in Slovenia is to speak to the press upon a meeting with representatives of Austrian municipalities.
        CANNES, France - Slovenian Culture Minister Vasko Simoniti is to begin a two-day visit to the Cannes film festival, where he will meet the festival president Gilles Jacob and his EU counterparts.
        BERLIN, Germany - Slovenian officials are to be taking art in the week-long 72nd world congress of International PEN.

TUESDAY, 23 May
        LOKA PRI MENGSU - The Centre for a European Future is to be launched at a special ceremony.
        LJUBLJANA - Transport Minister Janez Bozic is to meet visiting German Counterpart Wolfgang Tiefenseen.
        LONDON, Great Britain - An assembly of the board of governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development - being attended by Slovenian state secretary Ziga Lavric - is to conclude.
        MURSKA SOBOTA - The Slovenian Roma Association is to organise a conference on the employment situation of Roma. The head of the government's Office for Nationalities Janez Obreza and Labour Minister Janez Podobnik are also to attend.
        LJUBLJANA - A session of the programming council of RTV Slovenia with the programming scheme of the broadcaster for 2006 on the agenda.
        IG - Defence Minister Karl Erjavec is to deliver the key-note speech at a ceremony marking 15 years since the first generation of Slovenian soldiers started their training at the Ig training campus.
        KLAGENFURT, Austria - The minority organisation National Council of Carinthian Slovenians (NSKS) and the United List (EL), the only Slovenian party in Austria's Carinthia, are to deliver a statement on the decree on bilingual signs in the province.

WEDNESDAY, 24 May
        POSTOJNA - The cabinet is to travel to the Notranjsko region for a working visit.
        LJUBLJANA - The Student Organisation of Slovenia (SOS) is to stage a protest in case no agreement is reached at negotiations with the government on Monday.
        CELJE - The teams of Anet Koper and CMC Publikum are to meet in the final of the Slovenian football cup competition.

THURSDAY, 25 May
        LJUBLJANA - The cabinet is to meet for its regular weekly session.
        LJUBLJANA - Amnesty International Slovenia is to present to the press the annual AI report on human rights violations in the world in 2005.
        PORTOROZ - Public Administration Minister Gregor Virant is to attend the Days of Slovenian Crafts.
        MARIBOR - The 8th international festival of creative communication Magdalena 2006 is to begin, running through Saturday.

FRIDAY, 26 May
        TIRANA, Albania - FM Dimitrij Rupel is to attend a meeting of his counterparts from member countries of the Central European Initiative.
        CELJE - Environment Minister Janez Podobnik is to participate in the third Slovenian conference entitled "Water - Concern, Nuisance and Challenge".
        IZOLA - The 3rd "Kino Otok - Isola Cinema" film festival is to begin in the coastal town of Izola with the closing screenings scheduled for 30 May.

SATURDAY, 27 May
        VIENNA, Austria - Beginning of a two-day informal meeting of EU's foreign ministers on the bloc's future, also attended by Slovenian FM Dimitrij Rupel.

SUNDAY, 28 May
        TURJAK - President Janez Drnovsek's newly established Movement for Justice an Development is to hold its maiden assembly.

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