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Schedule of Events for Thursday, 22 March

Ljubljana, 21 March - Below is a schedule of events for Thursday, 22 March:

LJUBLJANA - Macedonian Defence Minister Lazar Elenovski is to begin an official visit to Slovenia with a meeting with Defence Minister Karl Erjavec (at noon), chair of the parliamentary Defence Committee Anton Anderlic (10:10 AM) and Foreign Ministry State Secretary Andrej Ster (4:30 PM). The two ministers are also expected to sign an agreement on cooperation and issue a press statement at 1:40 PM. (STA/PHOTO)

LJUBLJANA - The government is to debate a report on Slovenia's development, drafted by the Institute for Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (IMAD), a government think-tank, at its weekly session. A news conference is scheduled for 2 PM.

BRUSSELS, Belgium - The EU Transport Council is to discuss the EU-US open skies agreement and the EU satellite navigation system Galileo. Slovenian Transport Minister Janez Bozic is expected to attend.

LJUBLJANA - A ceremony launching the 2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities for All is to be attended by Parliament Speaker France Cukjati, Labour, the Family and Social Affairs Minister Marjeta Cotman and Human Rights Ombudsman Zdenka Cebasek Travnik; at 4 PM.

LJUBLJANA - The Stock Market Focus, an annual conference, is to kick off at 3 PM. Panels on investment funds (3:40 PM), the Slovenian capital market and investment banking (4:50 PM) and new legislation on pension funds (6 PM) are to be held.

LJUBLJANA - European Commission Director General for Communication Claus Soeresen is to begin a two-day visit to Slovenia.

LJUBLJANA - The energy news portal is to host a seminar on trading in emission coupons, which is to get under way at 9 AM.

LJUBLJANA - A conference on culture and politics will be launched at 2 PM with an address by Prime Minister Janez Jansa. Also expected to take part at the event are Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel and Education Minister Milan Zver.

PLANICA - The Ski-Jumping World Cup finals are to begin with official training and the qualifying round. Three events are to follow on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

LEIPZIG, Germany - The Leipzig book fair is to get underway, with Slovenia featured as a special guest.

LJUBLJANA - Press review. (STA)

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