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Schedule of Events from 17 to 23 June

Ljubljana, 16 June - Schedule of events in the week from 17 to 23 June:

MONDAY, 17 June

LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary commission for the constitution is organising two public exchanges of views on the proposed constitutional changes in Slovenia. The first debate is to examine the "European package" of changes, which encompasses Slovenia's membership in international organisations, while the second debate will deal with the changes of the constitution that concern the local self-government.

SLOVENSKA BISTRICA - The council of the Liberal Democracy (LDS), the senior government coalition partner, is expected to examine the "practical side" of the decision of Prime Minister and party president Janez Drnovsek to run for president this autumn and consequently step down as the prime minister. During its closed-doors session the council is not expected to discuss a possible replacement for Drnovsek, but is to debate the timetable for a government reshuffle.

SKOPJE - The high representatives of the five successor states to the former Yugoslavia, including Slovenia's Rudolf Gabrovec, are to meet in the Macedonian capital for a fresh round of succession talks. Their discussions are expected to examine funds held by the former Yugoslavia in mixed banks abroad, which the umbrella succession agreement sets down at US$ 645, while some figures suggest that there is only US$ 56 million.

DUBLIN - Slovene President Milan Kucan is scheduled to head for a two-day visit to Ireland. The main part of Kucan's visit will take place on Tuesday, when he is to address a European forum in the Irish capital, while also holding seperate meetings with Irish President Mary McAleese and Prime Minister Bertie Ahern.

BLED - The first day of a traditional conference on e-commerce that is to take place over two days at the Slovene lakeside resort. Some 300 participants from 33 countries are expected to focus their discussions on the introduction of e-business on the government level.

CELJE - A public debate on the EU and Slovenia's accession to the organisation, which is expected to see the participation of Slovene European Affairs Minister Janez Potocnik and the head of the European Commission delegation in Slovenia Erwan Fouere.

LJUBLJANA - Slovene Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel is to receive the credentials of the newly-appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Slovenia Giuseppe Leanza.

LJUBLJANA - Slovene Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel is to receive the head of the European Patent Office Ingo Kober.

LJUBLJANA - The National Council is staging a lecture by Johan Galtung, an international professor of peace studies, who will discuss the trends and changes in the world in the first half of the 21st century and their expected effects on the development of SE Europe. Galtung is the founder of the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo.

TUESDAY, 18 June

LJUBLJANA - Parliament is to begin its regular monthly session for June, which will focus mainly on the harmonisation of Slovene legislation to the acquis.

BELGRADE - Slovene Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek is to begin a two-day official visit to Yugoslavia. Drnovsek is scheduled to hold meetings with the Prime Minister of Yugoslavia Dragisa Pesic, the Prime Minister of Serbia Zoran Djindjic, the President of Yugoslavia Vojislav Kostunica and the president of the assembly of citizens Dragoljub Micunovic. Drnovsek is due to be accompanied by Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel, Economics Minister Tea Petrin, Education Minister Lucija Cok and a business delegation.

LJUBLJANA - The government office for intellectual property and the Economics Ministry is set to hold a press conference at which Slovene efforts to join the European Patent Office are to be presented.

LJUBLJANA - The Slovene Chamber of Crafts (OZS) is to elect a new leadership at its general assembly.

MARIBOR - Slovenia's second provider of ADSL Internet access is to present its plans for the service, as well as the latest business results.

WEDNESDAY, 19 June

LJUBLJANA - Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres is set to pay an official visit to Slovenia.

LJUBLJANA - Greek Defence Minister Yanos Papantony is scheduled to pay an official visit to Slovenia. The guest is expected to meet with Slovene President Milan Kucan, Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel, Defence Minister Anton Grizold and representatives of the parliamentary foreign affairs and defence committees.

LJUBLJANA - A round table meeting entitled NATO and (anti)Fascism will be staged by the non-governmental Peace Institute, the centre of non-governmental organisation and the conference and arts centre Cankarjev dom.

THURSDAY, 20 June

LJUBLJANA - Regular cabinet meeting of the Slovene government.

BLED - The fourth ministerial meeting of the CENCOOP partnership will kick off. The two-day event will be attended by defence ministers from Austria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, Croatia and Slovenia.

BRUSSELS - The joint committee of the Slovene and European parliament is to hold its eighth session, the first this year. The committee is expected to check Slovene readiness for membership of the EU, as well as the progress made in accession negotiations, while also debating open issues.

PORTOROZ - A regional international seminar on co-operation in the fight against corruption and person smuggling, organised by a number of Slovene governmental and non-governmental organisations, as well as the Council of Europe (CoE). Representatives of nine countries are expected to attend the three-day event.

FRIDAY, 21 June

LJUBLJANA - Slovene President Milan Kucan is to address a press conference ahead of Slovenia's National Day and the eleventh anniversary of independence.

SATURDAY, 22 June

SEVILLE - The leaders of the European Union are to hold a working lunch with their counterparts from the EU candidate countries. Slovenia is to be represented by Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek and Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel.

KOCEVJE - The conference of the United List of Social Democrats (ZLSD), a junior coalition partner, is to hold its third session which will examine issues of economic and social policies in Slovenia.

ZALEC - The opposition New Slovenia (NSi) is to hold its conference at which the party is to discuss the preparations for the upcoming local elections and the future of Europe.

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