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Schedule of Events from 9 to 15 December

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

MONDAY, 9 November

        BRUSSELS - The Danish EU Presidency and the European Commission are to meet with the EU candidate countries - among them Slovenia - for what will be last round of accession talks ahead of the Copenhagen summit.

        BUDAPEST - A Slovenian parliamentary delegation, headed by Speaker Borut Pahor, is to begin a two-day visit to Hungary. The visit comes at the invitation of Pahor's counterpart Katalin Szili.

        LJUBLJANA - The leadership of Slovenia's parliament is to meet to set a date for a session at which MPs will vote on the prime minister-designate Tone Rop.

        LJUBLJANA - Slovenia and India are to hold a round of political consultations.

        LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian United Nations Association is to hold a ceremony a day prior to the International Human Rights Day. The ceremony is to be addressed by Slovenia's Human Rights Ombudsman Matjaz Hanzek.

TUESDAY, 10 December

        LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary finance committee is to debate the proposed 2003 budget.

        LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian forum on the future of Europe is to convene to examine the foreign policy of the European Union. The vice-president of the Convention on the future of the EU Giuliano Amato and the representatives of the European Parliament in the Convention Alain Lamassoure are to appear as guest speakers.

        LJUBLJANA - A meeting of the presidents of commerce chambers from countries that used to make up the former Yugoslavia is to be held. The opening address will be delivered by the president of the Slovenian chamber Jozko Cuk.

        LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian electricity grid manager ELES is to hold a press conference to present its annual results.

        ROME - Defence Ministry State Secretary Janko Dezelak is to take part in a two-day session of the Southeast Europe Defence Ministerial (SEDM).

WEDNESDAY, 11 December

        LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's parliament is to begin an extraordinary budget session at which it will debate the changes to the 2003 budget and the proposed 2004 budget, as well as the budget implementation bill for 2003 and 2004.

        BRDO PRI KRANJU - Slovenian President Milan Kucan and first lady Stefka Kucan are to receive the residential ambassadors to Slovenia for a farewell reception.

        LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian Chamber of Commerce (GZS) is to hold its AGM at which it is to examine its activities over the past year and financial plan for 2003.

        CELJE - A public debate is to be staged on the future of Slovenia and the European Union by the European Commission delegation in Slovenia. The debate is to be addressed by the head of the European Commission in Slovenia Erwan Fouere and the Slovenian parliamentary official in the Convention on the future of the EU Slavko Gaber.

THURSDAY, 12 December

        COPENHAGEN - The European Union is to launch its summit at which fifteen members are expected to wrap up negotiations with the ten candidate countries, among them Slovenia. The Slovenian delegation to the summit will be headed by outgoing Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek.

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

        NOVA GORICA - A two-day Slovenian tourism forum is to kick-off. The forum will be opened by outgoing Economics Minister Tea Petrin and the director of the Slovenian Tourist Board Bojan Meden.

        LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian inter-ministerial working group for NATO is to hold its session.

        LAUSANNE - Outgoing Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel is to take part in the ministerial conference of the Francophony.

        LJUBLJANA - Slovenian President Milan Kucan is to take part in the opening of an exhibition of protocolar gifts he received during the two terms in office.

        LJUBLJANA - The Peace Institute is to stage a lecture by one of the most prominent members of the feminist movement, historian and author Susan Brownmiller on the strategies of the U.S. feminist movement in the 1960s and 70s. Brownmiller is to hold her second lecture on Friday, dealing with the current political situation in the U.S..

FRIDAY, 13 December

        KOPER - Outgoing Slovenian Minister of Education Lucija Cok is to open a Science and Research Centre in the coastal city of Koper.

        LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian Bar Association is to hold its general assembly at which it is expected to adopt a financial plan for 2003.

SATURDAY, 14 December

        LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian parliament is to open its doors to the public.

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