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Schedule of Events from 30 September to 6 October

Ljubljana, 29 September - Schedule of events in the week from 30 September to 6 October:

MONDAY, 30 September
WARSAW - Two-day defence and political consultations betwen Slovenia and Poland are to touch on Slovenia's NATO bid, bilateral co-operation in defence and security in SE Europe.

OSLO - Slovenian MP Lojze Peterle is to visit Norway as a member of the presidency of the Convention on the Future of Europe. He is to meet PM Kjell Magne Bondevik, Foreign Minister Jan Petersen and members of the Norwegian parliamentary foreign affairs committee.

LJUBLJANA - Three public debates on proposed amendments to the Constitution are to take place in parliament, namely on the mandate of state president, the MP's immunity and the voting right.

LJUBLJANA - A press conference of the National Statistical Office on the first assessments of the gross domestic product in the second quarter of the year and the results of the summer season in tourism.

LJUBLJANA - A two-day session of the Slovenian-Romanian commission on economic co-operation is to kick off at the Economics Ministry.

LJUBLJANA - Foreign Ministry State Secretary Ignac Golob is to receive Michael Mozuri, head of the U.S. State Department Office for Northern and Central Europe.

MARIBOR - A press conference of the Austrian-Slovenian trade chamber at the second anniversary of boosting bilateral economic co-operation, which is to be attended by Slovenia's Europe Minister Janez Potocnik.

LJUBLJANA - The 49th International Modern Electronics fair is to kick off.

CRNOMELJ - The company Danfoss Compressors is to give a press conference at its 10th anniversary.

LJUBLJANA - A two-day international conference on biomass and other renewable sources of energy is to be held for SE Europe by the Slovenian biomass association within the European action plan for renewable sources of energy.

PORTOROZ - A two-day Linux conference is to be opened by Minister for the Information Society Pavel Gantar. Chairman of the Linux International John Hall is also to attend.

TUESDAY, 1 October
BRUSSELS - The EU is to hold a fresh round of accession talks with candidate countries, including Slovenia. The Slovenian delegation is to be headed by Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel, while Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller and European Enlargement Commissioner Guenter Verheugen are to be at the head of the EU delegation.

NOVA GORICA/GORIZIA - An international conference on the challenges of EU enlargement is to kick off, sponsored by Slovenian President Milan Kucan, Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi and President of the European Parliament Pat Cox. (until 4 October)

LJUBLJANA - The Economics Ministry is to give a press conference, presenting the competitiveness of the Slovenian economy.

LJUBLJANA - The 18th Biennial of Industrial Design is to kick off. (until 30 October)

WEDNESDAY, 2 October
LJUBLJANA - The national forum on the future of the EU is to hold a session, which will also be attended by Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel.

LJUBLJANA - President Milan Kucan is to receive the credentials of the newly-appointed ambassadors of Indonesia and Jordan.

LJUBLJANA - The 2002 Slovenian Gazelle award is to be presented to this year's fastest growing company in Slovenia by the Gospodarski vestnik publisher.

LJUBLJANA - Defence Ministry State Secretary Milan Jazbec is to meet with Slovakian Ambassador to Slovenia Roman Poldan.

THURSDAY, 3 October
BLED - The 10th Regional Business Meeting Point (RBMP) is to be opened by Slovenian PM Janez Drnovsek, his Romanian counterpart Adrian Nastase and head of the European Commission delegation to Slovenia Erwan Fouere. A Slovenian-Romanian business conference is to be held prior to the opening, attended by Slovenian Economics Minister Tea Petrin and Romanian Minister of Industry and Resources Dan Popescu.

LJUBLJANA - President Milan Kucan is to receive Romanian PM Adrian Nastase.

LJUBLJANA - Erhard Busek, the Coordinator of the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI), is to hold a talk on the current policy of the international community in SE Europe. The National Council, the Justice Ministry, the Austrian Embassy and the Austrian Institute for Eastern and SE Europe, which have organised the event, will also hold a presentation of a Slovenian-Austrian project on the Austrian legal system.

BRUSSELS - The Convention of the Future of the EU is to meet for a two-day plenary session, which is also to be attended by Slovenian members of the convention.

LJUBLJANA - Government's regular weekly session.

FRIDAY, 4 October
LJUBLJANA - A debate on the role of local communities in decentralising Slovenia and the EU is to be held by the National Council and the Slovenian Association of Municipalities. The debate is to be opened by Erwan Fouere, the head of the European Commission delegation to Slovenia.

GRAZ - Culture Minister Andreja Rihter is to attend a ministerial conference "Creative Europe - New Partnership" at the invitation of Franz Morak, state secretary of arts and media at the Austrian chancellor's office. (until 6 October)

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