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Schedule of Events from 23 to 29 September

Ljubljana, 22 September - Schedule of events in the week from 23 to 29 September:

MONDAY, 23 September
        ASTANA - Slovenian President Milan Kucan to begin the official part of his two-day red-carpet visit to Kazakhstan.
        LJUBLJANA - Opposition MPs to ask questions to PM Janez Drnovsek at the outset of the parliament's first session after the summer break and the first under the new statute.
        LJUBLJANA - Slovenian FM Dimitrij Rupel to speak to the press about his recent visits to the U.S. and Canada as well as his upcoming visits to Estonia and Finland.
        LJUBLJANA - Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Ewald Nowotny to start a two-day visit; meetings with several officials, including Finance Minister Anton Rop.
        LJUBLJANA - The Institute for Macroeconomic Analyses and Development (IMAD) to host two international conferences from 23 to 24 September; 6th conference "Institutions in Transition" will be held within "Conference on Medium-Term Economic Assessment" (CMTEA).
        LJUBLJANA - A team of EU veterinary inspectors to begin a 12-day mission to check the production chain of food of animal origin.
        LJUBLJANA - The Economic and Social Council - gathering the government, employers and trade unions - to discuss a bill to privatise Slovenian Railways.
        LJUBLJANA - At an emergency conference of the Association of Free Trade Unions (ZSSS) some 400 trade unionists to formulate the ZSSS's demands, which are to be handed over to parliament.
        KOPER - A gathering of experts to discuss "Slovenian-Italian Relations in the Last 100 Years" organised by the Koper-based Scientific and Research Centre of Slovenia (ZRSRS) and several other research institutions.
        LJUBLJANA - The 6th conference of mayors of SE European capitals focussing on the role of capitals in ensuring security and peace; 16 mayors expected to attend. STRASBOURG - A Slovenian delegation led by lawmaker Roman Jakic to attend a week-long autumn session of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly to discuss Yugoslavia's admission to the CoE, the issue of Kaliningrad, likely also the ICC and the Iraqi crisis.
        MARRAKECH - Slovenian Information Society Minister Pavel Gantar is to attend a plenary conference of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

TUESDAY, 24 September
        TALLINN - Slovenian FM Dimitrij Rupel to pay a red-carpet visit to Estonia.
        HELSINKI - Slovenian FM Dimitrij Rupel to arrive on a two-day official visit to Finland.
        LJUBLJANA - Before the parliament resumes its session, the parliamentary finance and monetary policy committee to discuss a bill to privatise Slovenian Railways.
        LJUBLJANA - Ombudsman Matjaz Hanzek to give a news conference.
        LJUBLJANA - Dutch Ambassador to Slovenia Jan Henneman to outline the programme of an event entitled "The Netherlands and Slovenia: Bilateral Focus 2002".
        LJUBLJANA - Mayors of Ljubljana and Vienna, Vika Potocnik and Michael Haeupl to speak to the press.

WEDNESDAY, 25 September
        PORTOROZ - A three-day conference of the Slovenian Economists' Association to begin.
        LJUBLJANA - Routine political consultations between Slovenian and Lithuanian foreign ministry officials.
        LJUBLJANA - A bill on the president of Slovenia to be discussed in parliament.
        LJUBLJANA - The National Council to convene for its first session after the summer recess; a government report on the bank privatisation to be discussed.
        LJUBLJANA - The council of the opposition Youth Party (SMS) to discuss the November presidential and local elections in emergency session.
        STRASBOURG - A closed-door meeting to be held by heads of delegations from former Yugoslav republics and the rapporteur of the CoE legal affairs and human rights committee Erik Jurgens to discuss the deposits of the former Slovenian bank Ljubljanska banka.

THURSDAY, 26 Sept
        DUBLIN - Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek to kick off a two-day working visit to Ireland.
        LJUBLJANA - Parliament to discuss a bill to restructure and privatise Slovenian Railways.
        CATEZ - A two-day traditional gathering of Slovenian managers to begin; the manager of the year 2002 award to be conferred.
        PORTOROZ - A two-day international conference of the International Federation for Information Processing to start.
        LJUBLJANA - Weekly cabinet session.

FRIDAY, 27 September
        WARSAW/STRYKOW - Slovenian President Milan Kucan to begin a two-day working visit to Poland upon the invitation of his Polish counterpart Aleksander Kwasniewski. The pair is also to lay a foundation stone for a new factory of Slovenia's drug maker Lek in Strykow.
        LJUBLJANA - UNMIK head Michael Steiner is to begin a tow-day visit.

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