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Schedule of Events from 9 to 15 September

Ljubljana, 8 September - Schedule of events in the week from 9 to 15 September:

MONDAY, 9 September

NYBORG - Agriculture Ministers from the European Union are to hold talks with their counterparts from the applicant countries during a two-day informal meeting in Denmark. The official theme of the meeting will be innovation in agriculture, however, the ministers are also expected to focus on EU accession negotiations in agriculture and the common European agriculture policy.

LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary commission for the constitution is to stage two public presentation of views on proposed constitutional changes related to the referendum and the formation of governments. These changes have been proposed along with those required for Slovenia's membership of international organisations, such as the EU.

LJUBLJANA - British Minister for the Arts Tessa Blackstone is scheduled to pay a visit to Slovenia. As part of this working visit, the baroness of Stoke Newington is due to open, together with Slovenian Culture Minister Andreja Rihter, a Damien Hirst exhibition at a Ljubljana-based graphic art centre.

BRATISLAVA - Slovenian State Secretary at the Defence Ministry Milan Jazbec is to take part in two-day defence consultation with Slovakia.

TUESDAY, 10 September

ZAGREB - Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek is expected to meet with his Croatian counterpart Ivica Racan.

NEW YORK - Slovenian President Milan Kucan is to begin a four-day visit to the U.S., where he is to attend the first anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Kucan is also to attend the 57th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. Accompanying Kucan will be Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel.

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian National Forum on the future of Europe is to hold its session, the focus of which will be the future status of the Charter of Basic Rights.

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia and Turkey are to hold a regular round of political consultations. The Slovenian side is to be headed by Foreign Ministry State Secretary Samuel Zbogar.

LJUBLJANA - Presidential candidate Anton Bebler, who is running as an independent candidate but enjoys the support of the Pensioners' Party (DeSUS), is to present his campaign programme.

LJUBLJANA - The coalition People's Party (SLS) is to hold a press conference to present its draft of the health care bill. The SLS wishes to place abortion on the list of medical services which would have to be paid by the patient and would no longer be covered by health insurance.

WEDNESDAY, 11 September

MOSCOW - Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek is due to kick off a three-day official visit to Russia. Drnovsek is to be accompanied by a strong business delegation.

CELJE - The 35th International Trade Fair is to be opened by Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek. A total of some 1,700 exhibitors from 32 countries are to be present on some 60,000 sq. metres of fair area.

LJUBLJANA - A round of regular political consultations between Slovenia and Germany. The Slovenian side is to be represented by Foreign Ministry State Secretary Ignac Golob.

BRNIK - The manager of the Ljubljana International Airport, Aerodrom Ljubljana, is to hold a press conference on current results and forecasts of future operations.

THURSDAY, 12 September

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian government is to hold its regular weekly cabinet session.

LJUBLJANA - The inter-ministerial working group for NATO is to hold a session. The session is due to be headed by Foreign Ministry State Secretary Ignac Golob.

FRIDAY, 13 September

BRATISLAVA - Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek is to head for a two-day visit to Slovakia, where he is scheduled to attend the ministerial summit of CEFTA.

PORTOROZ - The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is to hold a conference on the economic aspects of security. Foreign Ministry State Secretary Ignac Golob is to welcome the participants.

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