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Schedule of Events for Monday, 19 June

Ljubljana, 18 June - Below is a schedule of events for Monday, 19 June:

LJUBLJANA - FM Dimitrij Rupel is to present at a press conference at 10:30 AM a White Paper on Slovenia's stance on open border issues between Slovenia and Croatia. He is to meet representatives of the opposition parties at 11:30 AM to discuss the document. A statement is scheduled for after the meeting. (STA/PHOTO)

LJUBLJANA - An international conference on social and economic development in Kosovo is to be staged at 9 AM by the Austrian-French Centre for Rapprochement in Europe, the French Institute of International Relations and Slovenia's Centre for European Perspective. The conference is to be addressed by FM Dimitrij Rupel, Secretary General of the Franco-Austrian centre Peter Jankowitsch, and head of the OSCE mission in Kosovo Werner Wnendt. (STA/PHOTO)

LJUBLJANA - Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel is to meet Erhard Busek, special coordinator of the Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe, at 2:30 PM, on the sidelines of the international conference on social and economic development in Kosovo.(STA/PHOTO)

LJUBLJANA - FM Dimitrij Rupel is to receive at 5 PM two representatives of minority organisations of Slovenians in Italy, Rudi Pavsic of the Slovenian Cultural and Economic Association (SKGZ) and Drago Stoka of the Council of Slovenian Organisations (SSO). A statement is scheduled for after the session.

LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - The EU agriculture and fisheries ministers, including Slovenia's Marija Lukacic, are to convene to discuss the forests action plan and the negotiations on the liberalisation of agriculture within the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

LJUBLJANA - MPs are to begin at 2 PM their June regular session with questions time. The main topics of the session include the recognition of Montenegro as an independent state and constitutional changes that would enable the establishment of provinces. (STA/PHOTO)

LJUBLJANA - Social partners are to resume talks on 2006-2009 social agreement, expectedly opening the chapters on occupational health and safety and on improving the quality of education. A statement to the press is planned for 3:15 PM.

LJUBLJANA - The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) is to host a Chinese-Slovenian business forum at 9:30 AM upon the visit of a delegation from Shanghai. Eight Chinese companies in the field of telecommunications, the textile industry and financial investments are expected to attend, along with 55 Slovenian companies.

LJUBLJANA - The National Council is to host a panel at noon on education programme for mentally handicapped persons, co-organised by the Ministry of Education and Sports, the Ministry Of Labour, Family and Social Affairs, and the Special Education Association of Slovenia. The National Council's president Janez Susnik, Education Minister Milan Zver and Labour Minister Janez Drobnic are to attend.

LJUBLJANA - A two-day international conference on ePrescribing and Medication Management is to get underway at 9:30 AM, organised by the Health Ministry, the Pension and Disability Insurance Institute (ZZZS) and the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL). The opening addresses are to be delivered by State Secretary at the Health Ministry Dorjan Marusic, ZZZS general director Borut Miklavcic and EHTEL president Mats Larson.

LJUBLJANA - Ljubljana Mayor Danica Simsic is to receive at 11 AM a delegation from China's Shanghai, headed by Yu Yunba, the vice president of Shanghai's Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

LJUBLJANA - Representatives of the Culture Ministry are to present to the press at noon a bill on a Slovenian Institute for Audio-Visual Content.

LJUBLJANA - The Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions is to talk to the press at 11AM on why they oppose the proposed changes to the act on public sector wages.

GENEVA, Switzerland - An exhibition of works by painter Stefan Marflak (1951) is to be opened at the United Nations headquarters to mark Slovenia's National Day on 25 June.

LJUBLJANA - Ljubljana Summer Festival 2006 is to open at 9 PM with the famous New York Philharmonic Orchestra, headed by conductor Lorin Maazel. The concert will honour Mozart by playing his Symphony No. 41 in C-Major, KV 551 "Jupiter" and Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D-Minor. The festival, which closes on 31 August, will host 109 events with 3,500 performers from 20 different countries.

LJUBLJANA - An exhibition of photographs dubbed 360 Degrees of Shanghai is to be opened at 5:30 PM at the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum, with a Chinese delegation also to attend.

BLED - A contract on the Bled Cultural Institute officially taking over the management of the cultural monument Bled Castle is to be signed at Bled Castle at 11 AM. Culture Minister Vasko Simoniti is to attend.

LJUBLJANA - This-year's Stritar award, a literary award handed out each year by the Slovenian Writers' Association to young critics, is to be conferred on the winner at noon. (STA/PHOTO)

LJUBLJANA - A five-day festival of NGOs - LUPA is to begin at 4 PM, organised by the Centre for Information Service, Cooperation and Development of NGOs (CNVOS).

LJUBLJANA - The programme of this year's poetry days Veronikini veceri, and the 2006 Veronika Award for the best Slovenian collection of poems are to be presented at a press conference at 10:30 AM.

LJUBLJANA - Organisers of the Festival Brezice Group are to present this year's music festival programme at a news conference at 11 AM.

LJUBLJANA - Julien Leblay, who is promoting blood donating by cycling around the world, is to continue his journey from Ljubljana. He is to set off in front of the French Charles Nodier Institute at 10 AM.

LJUBLJANA - Press review. (STA)

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