Schedule of Events from 11 to 17 December

Ljubljana, 10 December - Schedule of events in the week from 11 to 17 December:

MONDAY, 11 December
        MOSCOW, Russia - Economy Minister Andrej Vizjak is to begin a four-day visit to Russia.
        BRUSSELS, Belgium - Germany, Portugal and Slovenia are to present their programme for the countries' successive six month stints as EU president between January 2007 and June 2008 at a meeting of EU foreign ministers.
        BRUSSELS, Belgium - A two-day meeting of EU ministers responsible for transport, telecommunications and energy is to take place. Transport Minister Janez Bozic is to be taking part.
        LJUBLJANA - Social partners are to hold a fresh round of talks on the social agreement.
        LJUBLJANA - The farmers' trade union is to hold a press conference to present its stance on the announcement of the Agriculture Ministry to delay agriculture payments.
        MARIBOR - The Maribor city Institute for Environmental Protection and the NGO Umanotera are to stage a conference on climate change.
        LJUBLJANA - The executive council of the New Slovenia (NSi), a junior partner in the coalition, is to discuss a report on the results of the recent local elections.
        LJUBLJANA - UNICEF Slovenija is to hold a special ceremony to celebrate the 60th anniversary of UNICEF.
        LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian Association for the United Nations is to mark International Human Rights Day with a round table debate.
        LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts is to put on a two-day symposium dedicated to remembering the centenary of the birth of Slovenian ballet legend Pino Mlakar.
        KRAKOW, Poland - The International Cultural Centre in Krakow is to host an exhibition on Slovenia's most celebrated architect Joze Plecnik.

TUESDAY, 12 December
        LJUBLJANA - The National Assembly is to convene for an extraordinary session dedicated to the opposition-sponsored motion to oust Health Minister Andrej Brucan. The debate could extend into Wednesday.
        LJUBLJANA - The 18-month programme of EU presidency prepared by Germany, Portugal and Slovenia is to be presented to the public.
        LJUBLJANA - The Preseren Fund is to announce the winners of the Preseren Prize, the highest state honour for achievements in culture, and the smaller Preseren Fund Prizes.
        LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary EU Affairs Committee and Local Government and Regional Policy Committee are to hold a joint session.
        LJUBLJANA - The Environment Ministry is to outline the results of an inventory of flora and fauna as well as habitats registered as part of a cross-border project of sustainable development with Austria.
        LJUBLJANA - The Justice Ministry is to hold a press conference to speak about the first year of the Lukenda project for cutting court backlogs.
        LJUBLJANA - The International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies is to host a lecture on the EU's role in the Middle East in association with the Government PR and Media Office and the Center Evropa information centre.
        MARIBOR - The Public Energy Agency is to hold a press conference to speak about the liberalisation of the electricity market.
        TUHELJ, Croatia - Spa operator Terme Olimia is to hold a press conference at the conclusion of works at subsidiary Terme Tuhelj.
        LJUBLJANA - Human rights organisation Amnesty International Slovenije is to stage an event to mark International Human Rights Day.
        LJUBLJANA - A publication is to be unveiled on the 250th anniversary of the birth of mathematician Jurij Vega.
        LJUBLJANA - The 3rd Animateka international festival of animated film is to get underway, lasting until 16 December.

WEDNESDAY, 13 December
        LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary Labour, the Family and Social Affairs Committee is to conduct a hearing of the candidate for Labour Minister Marjeta Cotman.
        LJUBLJANA - The cabinet is to hold its weekly session.
        LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary Defence Committee is to be in session.
        MURSKA SOBOTA - The Roma Association of Slovenia is to host an event "United in Difference" that is expected to be attended by Education Minister Milan Zver and the head of the Government Commission for the Roma Janez Podobnik.
        LJUBLJANA - Poultry company Perutnina Ptuj is to outline results for 2006 at a press conference.
        LJUBLJANA - The Institute for Strategic Studies is to host a conference on the energy markets in SE Europe.

THURSDAY, 14 December
        BRUSSELS, Belgium - PM Janez Jansa is to take part in the two-day EU summit. He is to be accompanied by Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel and State Secretary for European Affairs Janez Lenarcic.
        LJUBLJANA - The National Assembly is expected to start its regular session for December.
        LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary Foreign Policy Committee is to be in session.
        LJUBLJANA - Steel group Slovenska industrija jekla is to hold a press conference to outline 2006 business results.
        LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian Writers' Association is to hand out the Jenko Award for the best collection of poems in the last two years.

FRIDAY, 15 December
        LJUBLJANA - The Economic Social Council, an industrial relations forum, is to meet for a session to decide on the number of work permits for foreign workers in 2007.
        LJUBLJANA - Head of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development sector for Slovenia Francois Lecavalier is to speak about the bank's strategy in Slovenia for the coming two years.
        MARIBOR - The headquarters of the Slovenian-European Natural Sciences Research Centre is to be opened by Environment Minister Janez Podobnik and European Commissioner for Science and Technology Janez Potocnik.
        BARCELONA, Spain - The Sadar Vuga Arhitekti architectural bureau is open an exhibition.
        MARIBOR - An exhibition of eight Turkish artists, dubbed "Home and Away", is to be opened.

SATURDAY, 16 December
        NOVA GORICA - The mayor of Nova Gorica and neighbouring Gorizia in Italy are to jointly turn on the lights on a Christmas tree in a square between the two towns.

SUNDAY, 17 December
        No major events scheduled.

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