Weekly Review of Events Involving Slovenia from 21 through 27 April

Ljubljana, 28 April - Last week Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek, accompanied by Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel, paid a four-day official visit to France. Speaker of Parliament Borut Pahor, on the other hand, attended the first meeting of parliamentary speakers from the countries of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative in Croatia's Zadar. Special Co-ordinator of the Stability Pact for SE Europe Bodo Hombach paid a visit to Slovenia. A Slovene police delegation signed a protocol on the implementation of the agreement on the return and readmission of persons during a visit to the FRY. The EU-Slovene parliamentary committee held the sixth session, reviewing progress in negotiations in what was an optimistic atmosphere.

Two miners died and three remain missing after an accident happened in a state-owned mine Trbovlje-Hrastnik when water and mud burst into the pit. A referendum is sure to be held on the amendments to the act on infertility treatment after a group of opposition MPs filed an initiative on the issue. The public radio and television institution in the third attempt finally got a new managing director, who still needs parliamentary approval.

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