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Schedule of Events from 24 to 30 July

Ljubljana, 23 July - Schedule of events in the week from 24 to 30 July:

MONDAY, 24 July

        LJUBLJANA - The Finance Ministry is to present the framework tax reform measures at a press conference.
        LJUBLJANA/POSTOJNA/BRDO PRI KRANJU - Latvian Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis, who is on an official visit to Slovenia, is to hold talks with PM Janez Jansa and Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel. He will also be received by President Janez Drnovsek and Parliament Speaker France Cukjati.
        BRUSSELS, Belgium - EU home and justice ministers are to debate the preparations for the second-generation Schengen Information System (SSIS II), a precondition for the expansion of the Schengen passport-free area. Interior Minister Dragutin Mate and Justice Minister Lovro Sturm will be representing Slovenia.
        LJUBLJANA - Social partners are to continue with negotiations on amendments to the employment relationships act.
        BRUSSELS, Belgium - The EU Competitiveness Council will try to reach agreement on the 7th Framework Programme on science and research, whose main sticking point if the funding of stem cell research. State Secretary at the Ministry of Higher Education and Science Dusan Lesjak is to represent Slovenia.
        LJUBLJANA - Minister of Labour, Family and Social Affairs Janez Drobnic is to meet Japanese Deputy Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Kiochi Nakano.
        LJUBLJANA - The Health Insurance Institute (ZZZS) is to present results for the first six months of the year at a press conference.
        KOPER - Environment Minister Janez Podobnik is to meet the management board of port operator Luka Koper.
        LJUBLJANA - President Janez Drnovsek is to receive the credentials of newly-appointed ambassadors of Peru and Chile, Harry Belevan-McBride and Milenko Skoknic, respectively. They are also expected to deliver copies of credentials to Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel.
        KOPER - Slovenia is to take on Poland in a friendly fixture in the run-up to the World Basketball Championships in Japan.
        KOPER - Rumena Noc, the biggest outdoor festival in the coastal region of Primorsko, is to kick off; until 30 July.

TUESDAY, 25 July

        LJUBLJANA - The core working group for Slovenia's presidency of the EU, headed by PM Janez Jansa, is to review headway in the preparations.
        LJUBLJANA - As part of preperations for Slovenia's EU presidency, cabinet ministers and state secretaries are to hold meetings with senior representatives of several EU member states that had already chaired the EU.
        LJUBLJANA - The Employers' Association of Slovenia it to talk to the press to present its views on economic reforms and the amendments to the act on employment relationships.


        BELGRADE, Serbia - Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel is to pa a visit to Serbia.
        NOVA GORICA - Hit Gorica are to take on Steaua Bucharest in the 2nd round of qualifying for the Champions League (first leg).


        LJUBLJANA - The government is to convene the last session before the summer recess.
        VIENNA, Austria - Interior Minister Dragutin Mate is to take part in the Salzburg Forum; until Friday.
        DOMZALE - Slovenian league runners-up Domzale will be defending a 2:0 lead against Orasje of Bosnia-Herzegovina in the return leg of the first round of qualifying for the UEFA Cup.

FRIDAY, 28 July

        LJUBLJANA - Sergey Mironov, chairman of the Council of Federation of the Russian Federal Assembly, is to pay a visit to Slovenia at the invitation of Parliament Speaker France Cujati; until 30 July.
        LJUBLJANA - European Parliament President Josep Borrell is to pay a visit at the invitation of Parliament Speaker France Cujati; until 30 July.


        KRANJSKA GORA - Ljubljana Archbishop and Metropolitan Alojz Uran is to give a memorial mass as part of celebrations marking 80 years since the construction of the Russian Chapel below the Vrsic mountain pass.
        LJUBLJANA - A new season of premiere division football begins with the first round of the Telekom Slovenija league.

SUNDAY, 30 July

        VRSIC - The central ceremony marking 80 years since the construction of the Russian Chapel below the Vrsic mountain pass. PM Janez Jansa, a Russian government and church delegation and European Parliament President Josep Borrell are among the guests expected to attend.

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