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Schedule of Events from 19 to 25 June

Ljubljana, 18 June - Schedule of events in the week from 19 to 25 June:

MONDAY, 19 June
        LJUBLJANA - FM Dimitrij Rupel is to present to the press a White Paper on Slovenia's stance on open border issues between Slovenia and Croatia. He is to meet representatives of the opposition parties after the press conference.
        LJUBLJANA - An international conference on social and economic development in Kosovo is to be staged 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.
        LJUBLJANA - FM Dimitrij Rupel is to meet Erhard Busek, special coordinator of the Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe on the sidelines of the international conference on social and economic development in Kosovo.
        LJUBLJANA - FM Dimitrij Rupel is to receive 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).
        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 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.
        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.
        LJUBLJANA - The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) is to host a Chinese-Slovenian business forum 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 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, organised by the Health Ministry, the Health 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 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 a bill on a Slovenian Institute for Audio-Visual Content.
        LJUBLJANA - The Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions is to talk to the press 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 with the famous New York Philharmonic Orchestra, headed by conductor Lorin Maazel. 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 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. 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.
        LJUBLJANA - A five-day festival of NGOs - LUPA is to begin, 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.
        LJUBLJANA - Organisers of the Festival Brezice Group are to present this year's music festival programme at a news conference.
        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.
TUESDAY, 20 June
        ROME, Italy - FM Dimitrij Rupel is to pay an official visit to Italy, where he is expected to meet his Italian counterpart Massimo D'Alema, as well as Umberto Ranieri, the chairman of the parliamentary foreign affairs commission.
        TIRANA, Albania - Economics Minister Andrej Vizjak, accompanied by a strong business delegation, is to pay a working visit to Tirana, where he is to meet his Albanian counterpart Genc Ruli.
        GENEVA, Switzerland - A Slovenian delegation is to attend a two-day international conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
        LJUBLJANA - The new Dutch defence attache, Lieutenant Colonel Johan Wagner, is expected to visit the Defence Ministry.
        LJUBLJANA - The Government Office for European Affairs is to stage a seminar on Slovenian EU presidency at the beginning of 2008.
        LJUBLJANA - The national council for culture is to discuss the report on the implementation of the national culture programme for 2005.
        LJUBLJANA - The council of the Pension and Disability Insurance Institute (ZPIZ) is to convene a session to discuss the proposed changes to the statute of the institute, and the 2006-2010 development programme.
        LJUBLJANA - The Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia's largest research institute, is to host a two-day conference dubbed "Development of New Products".
        LJUBLJANA - Sovre Award, the most prestigious national award for translation achievements, is to be conferred at an award ceremony.
        LJUBLJANA - The 21th Slovenian Music Days, a traditional festival of contemporary classical music, is to begin with a concert by the Slovenian Philharmonics.

        TRBOVLJE/HRASTNIK/ZAGORJE - The government is expected on a working visit in the western region of Zasavje.
        LJUBLJANA - State Secretary for European Affairs Janez Lenarcic is to attend a working meeting of ambassadors of EU members, which is to focus on preparations on Slovenian EU presidency at the beginning of 2008.
        LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian Employers' Association is to stage an international conference on the financial participation of the employees.
        LJUBLJANA - The Defence Ministry is to host a three-day annual meeting of Slovenia's military attaches.
        LJUBLJANA - The Government Office for Equal Opportunities is to host a conference on equal opportunities of men and women.
        LJUBLJANA - A memorial to famous Slovenian architect Joze Plecnik is to be unveiled at the City Hall.
        LJUBLJANA - An exhibition "United in Victory" marking this year's 15th anniversary of Slovenia's independence is to be opened in the National Museum of Contemporary History.

        GENEVA, Switzerland - Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel is to attend the first session of the newly-established United Nations Human Rights Council (between 19 and 30 June).
        LJUBLJANA - The government is to convene for its regular weekly session.
        KOSOVO - Defence Minister Karl Erjavec is to visit members of Slovenian Armed Forces on a peace-keeping mission in Kosovo.
        LJUBLJANA - The Public Health Institute is to present a report on drinking water in Slovenia in 2005.
        PORTOROZ/PIRAN/NOVA GORICA - The second edition of the Festival of European Film is to get underway, with more than 30 films from 12 European countries to be featured until 30 June.
        LJUBLJANA - "Un coeur de trop" (superfluous heart), the latest novel by Brina Svit, a Slovenian author living in Paris, honoured with one of the main awards of the French Academy, the "Maurice Genevoix" award, is to be presented at the Charles Nodier Institute.
FRIDAY, 23 June
        LJUBLJANA - Defence Minister Karl Erjavec is to receive Slovenia's military attaches.
        NOVO MESTO - A new section of the motorway in the southeastern region of Dolenjsko (Hrastje - Lesnica) is to be opened for traffic.
        PTUJ - A central ceremony is to mark 120th anniversary of the Ptuj Tourism Association.
        MARIBOR - The Lent festival to get under way.
        LJUBLJANA - The Kresnik Award for best novel of the year to be conferred by newspaper publisher Delo.
        VELENJE - The European Athletics Association (EAA) meet is to take place in Velenje.

        LJUBLJANA - Central ceremony marking Slovenia's National Day on 25 June. The National Assembly is to hold a special session ahead of the ceremony.
        RADOVLJICA - An international swimming meet is to take place in Radovljica.
        BLED - The lakeside resort of Bled is to host an international rowing regatta.

SUNDAY, 25 June
        SLOVENIA - Slovenia marks National Day, remembering the day when the documents enabling Slovenia to declare independence were passed in 1991.
        MURSKA SOBOTA - The official declaration of the newly-established diocese of Murska Sobota, and the newly-appointed Bishop of Murska Sobota Marjan Turnsek.

© STA, 2006