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Schedule of Events for Tuesday, 27 March

Ljubljana, 26 March - Below is a schedule of events for Tuesday, 27 March:

LJUBLJANA - The National Assembly is to continue its session for March with a debate on the proposed declaration of Slovenian activities in EU institutions between January 2007 and June 2008. The declaration states that Slovenia's main priority will be preparations for the EU presidency in 2008. The session gets under way at 10 AM. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - The college of deputy group leaders is to convene at 9 AM to debate the coalition's demand for an expansion of the opposition's request for a parliamentary inquiry into defence deals. While the opposition wants to examine a single arms deal, the purchase of eight-wheeled armoured personnel carriers, the coalition wants to extend the inquiry to multiple deals since 1994.

BRUSSELS, Belgium - The European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee is to vote on the report on Croatia's readiness for EU membership drafted by Austrian MEP Hannes Swoboda. The document also includes a call to Croatia and Slovenia to consider arbitration as a way of resolving their border issue.

LISBON, Portugal - Interior Minister Dragutin Mate is to attend a meeting of interior ministers from the EU newcomers with their Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa. Portugal is expected to formally present the newcomers with the application for the "SIS I for all" Schengen information system.

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Finance Minister Andrej Bajuk is to be taking part in a meeting of EU finance ministers. The agenda includes the priorities of the EU budget for 2008.

ALMADEN, Spain - Environment Minister Janez Podobnik is to meet his Spanish counterpart Christina Narbono and the head of the European Commission's Directorate General for Sustainable Development and Integration Tim Maekela on the eve of a European conference on mercury.

LJUBLJANA - Zdenka Cebasek Travnik, the new Slovenian ombudsman, is to outline her plan of activities at a press conference scheduled for 10 AM. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - German discount grocery chain Lidl is to hold a press conference at 11 AM ahead of the opening of its first 15 stores in Slovenia. (STA)

TREBNJE - Trimo, a maker of pre-fabricated construction panels, is to present the business results for 2006 and plans for 2007; at 11 AM.

LJUBLJANA - Perutnina Ptuj, Slovenia's largest poultry company, is to present results for 2006 and its investment plans at a press conference at 11 AM.

GORNJA RADGONA - The 20th Megra international construction fair is to open at noon with a keynote address by Economy Minister Andrej Vizjak. The event runs until Saturday.

LJUBLJANA - The head of the British Council in Slovenia, Robert Monroe, is to talk to the press at noon about the new role for the British Council in Slovenia and Europe as the charity shifts its focus to the Middle East and Asia.

LJUBLJANA - German, Portuguese and Slovenian musicians are to stage a concert of the European Academy of Ensembles to mark the EU presidency trio and the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

LJUBLJANA - Press review. (STA)

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