Schedule of Events for Wednesday, 7 February

Ljubljana, 6 February - Below is a schedule of events for Wednesday, 7 February:

LJUBLJANA - The Preseren Prizes, the highest national awards for outstanding achievement in arts and culture, will be given out on the eve of Culture Day. The event that starts at 8 PM. (STA/PHOTO)

LJUBLJANA - The cabinet is to meet at a regular session. One of the items on the agenda is amendments to the act governing rescue and restructuring aid for troubled companies. A news conference is scheduled for after the session, expectedly at 2 PM. (STA/PHOTO)

LJUBLJANA - A panel on intercultural dialogue and spreading of democracy is to take place at 6 PM, on the eve of the launch of a international conference on ethnic and religious relations in Kosovo. The panel will feature FM Dimitrij Rupel, US political scientist Benjamin Barber and Giandomenico Picco, the former personal representative of the UN secretary general for the UN nations year of dialogue among civilisations.

LOKA PRI MENGSU - The first annual meeting of the task force on inter-cultural dialogue, organised by the Slovenian-run Centre for European Perspective, is to begin at noon.

LJUBLJANA - The government Institute for Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (IMAD) is to present the latest macroeconomic indicators and trends at 11 AM. (STA)

BERLIN, Germany - Finance Minister Andrej Bajuk and his German and Portuguese counterparts, Peer Steinbrueck and Fernando Teixeira dos Santos, are to present the priorities of the successive EU presidencies of the three countries.

PRISTINA, Serbia - A delegation of the Liberal Democrats (ALDE) in the European Parliament, headed by Slovenian MEP Jelko Kacin, is to start a two-day visit to Kosovo. The parliamentarians are expected to meet senior Kosovo and Serbian officials in the province, including Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu and PM Agim Ceku.

LJUBLJANA - The parliament's Commission for Oversight of Intelligence and Security Services is to discuss the recent claims by Human Rights Ombudsman Matjaz Hanzek on covert police surveillance of the Strojans, a Roma family, during their two-month stay at the Postojna refugee centre. The session gets underway at 9 AM.

LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary EU Affairs Committee is to discuss at 2 PM the country's take on the draft directive on services on the internal market. The meeting is to take place behind closed doors and a news conference by the committee chair Anton Kokalj is expected at 2:30 PM.

LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary Foreign Policy Committee is to meet at a closed session at 2 PM to debate Slovenia's draft positions prior to the 12 and 13 February session of the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council.

NEW DELHI, India - Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Jure Zupan is to attend a two-day EU-India ministerial conference on science.

LJUBLJANA - Cultural attaches from embassies of EU member states to Slovenia are to meet at 9 AM Slovenian experts to discuss culture as an added value during Germany's stint as EU president.

DOMZALE - The Slovenian national football team is to take on Estonia in a friendly fixture. Kick off is at 8:15 PM. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - Press review. (STA)

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