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Schedule of Events from 28 October to 3 November

Ljubljana, 27 October - Schedule of events in the week from 28 October to 3 November:

MONDAY, 28 October
        COPENHAGEN - Togehter with Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel and European Affairs Minister Janez Potocnik, Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek is to attend a "mini-summit" at which EU candidate countries are to be informed about the conclusions of the recent EU summit in Brussels. Drnovsek is to speak to the press at 3 PM.
        BRDO PRI KRANJU - A regional ministerial conference on illegal migration is to take place. A representative of the European Commission is also to attend; a press conference scheduled for 1:30 PM.
        LJUBLJANA - The proposed constitutional changes to the judiciary, state symbols, men and women's equal opportunities in running in elections as well as changes to the preamble to the Constitution to be presented in parliament.
        LJUBLJANA - Results of October's opinion poll Politbarometer, including the latest results about Slovenia's aspirations to join the EU and NATO, to be presented to the press.
        LJUBLJANA - TV Slovenija public TV network's second head-to-head debate of all presidential candidates is scheduled for the evening.
        LJUBLJANA - The education and defence ministers, Lucija Cok and Anton Grizold, are to sign an agreement on a research programme entitled "Knowledge for Security and Peace 2002 - 2010". A press conference to follow.
        JEZERSKO - A maiden session of a working group of seven development agencies from Austria's Carinthia and Slovenia.

TUESDAY, 29 October
        ZAGREB - Slovenian President Milan Kucan is to respond to an invitation of his Croatian counterpart Stipe Mesic, together with whom he is to visit a retrospective of a Slovenian painter in Croatia's capital. The two presidents are the show's honorary sponsors.
        BRUSSELS - Slovenia's Europe Minister Janez Potocnik, who is also head of the country's team of EU negotiators, is to attend a meeting at which problems faced by individual EU candidate countries are to be discussed.
        TRIESTE - Slovenian FM Dimitrij Rupel is to take part in a ministerial of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative. A meeting with representatives of the Slovenian minority in Italy is also on his agenda.
        KLAGENFURT - Slovenia's Foreign Ministry State Secretary Iztok Simoniti is to meet with representatives of the Slovenian minority in Austria.
        BRUSSELS - Slovenian Minister of Education, Science and Sport Lucija Cok is to attend an informal meeting of science ministers from candidate countries with Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin.
        LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary finance committee is to discuss the 2004 budget bill.
        MARIBOR - MEP Dimitrio Volcic is to speak about the democratic deficit of the European Parliament and the EU's institutional reform.
        LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's Statistical Office is to outline the latest economic and social indicators.
        LJUBLJANA - A press conference of the Centre for the Promotion of Small Business, presenting an international conference about global tourism within Central European Initiative countries, to be held from 6 to 8 November in Slovenia.

WEDNESDAY, 30 October
        BLED - Croatian Foreign Minister Tonino Picula is to pay a visit to Slovenia.
        LJUBLJANA - A central ceremony marking Reformation Day is to be held on the eve of this national holiday; to be attended also by President Milan Kucan.
        NEW DELHI - Slovenian Environment Minister Janez Kopac is to attend a ministerial of signatories of the UN convention on climate change.

THURSDAY, 31 October
        LJUBLJANA - Reformation Day.
        KOCEVSKI ROG - A ceremony in remembrance of those killed by communists during WWII to be held a day prior to All Saints' Day.

FRIDAY, 1 November
        LJUBLJANA - All Saints' Day, a national holiday.

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