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Schedule of Events from 16 to 22 December

Ljubljana, 15 December - Schedule of events in the week from 16 to 22 December:

MONDAY, 16 December

LJUBLJANA - The 11 ministerial candidates proposed by Prime Minister designate Anton Rop are to undergo hearings by the relevant parliamentary bodies. In comparison to the outgoing government, the list of candidates includes only three new names, namely candidate for finance minister Dusan Mramor, candidate for education minister Slavko Gaber and ministerial candidate without portfolio responsible for regional development Zdenka Kovac.

LJUBLJANA - Outgoing Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel is to talk to the press about the recent EU summit in Copenhagen, present the achievements in Slovenia's foreign policy over the past two years and outline its chief aims and tasks until the end of 2004.

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's Europe Minister and chief EU accession negotiator Janez Potocnik, together with members of his negotiating team, is to hold a public presentation of a five-year process of EU accession negotiations entitled "Slovenia joins the EU".

LJUBLJANA - Newly elected Prime Minister designate Anton Rop is to meet with Slovenian businessmen upon the invitation by the Chamber of Commerce (GZS).

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian Institute for Macroeconomic Analyses and Development (IMAD) is to present its 2002 autumn report, which is an analytical explanation of the autumn forecast of future economic trends with a detailed illustration of the current ones.

LJUBLJANA - Retired UK General Jeremy Mackenzie is to arrive in Slovenia for a several days' visit upon the invitation of outgoing Defence Minister Anton Grizold. General Mackenzie has been an advisor in the implementation of Slovenia's defence reforms and the country's accession to NATO.

GORIZIA - Provincial councils of the Slovenian Cultural and Economic Association are to assess their work in 2002 as well as the situation of the Slovenian ethnic minority in Italy.

TUESDAY, 17 December

LJUBLJANA - A regular monthly session of the Slovenian Parliament with some 20 points on the agenda is to take place and the remaining five ministerial candidates are to be heard by the relevant parliamentary committees.

LJUBLJANA - Outgoing President Milan Kucan is to pay a visit to the headquarters of the Slovenian armed forces and meet with the Chief of Staff, Brigadier Ladislav Lipic, and outgoing Defence Minister Anton Grizold.

ANDORRA LA VELLA - Outgoing Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel is to pay an official visit to Andorra and meet with his host, FM Juli Minoves Triquell, as well as PM Marc Forne Molne and Parliament Speaker Francesco Areny Casall.

PORTOROZ - A fourth session of the committee for business and trade, and science and technics co-operation between Slovenia and the Russian Federation is to kick off. The committee is led by outgoing Economics Minister Tea Petrin and Russia's Health Minister Yuriy Leonidovich Shevchenko.

LJUBLJANA - Press conference of the Ljubljana Stock Exchange (LJSE) is to be held in which major events marking the year in the capital market are to be discussed as well as the LJSE future plans.

KOPER - The Port of Koper annual pre-New Year's press conference is to be held in which the company is to present the year-end results.

TREBNJE - Business results of the first eleven months in 2002 and plans for 2003 are to be presented in a press conference by the pre-fabricated construction panels maker Trimo.

SLOVENJ GRADEC - The Slovenian company Prevent, a leading European manufacturer of car seat covers, is to present its year-end business results in a press conference.

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's Consumers' Association is to adress the "milk scandal" in a press conference.

STRUNJAN - Slovenia's Tourist Association is to confer awards for best natural health resorts in 2002 as part of the project "My Country - Beautiful and Hospitable".

WEDNESDAY, 18 December

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's central bank, Bank of Slovenia, is to hold a press conference upon the conclusion of a two-week visit of the delegation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

DRAGONJA - A traditional meeting of Slovenian and Croatian border police and customs to be organised by Mayor of the seaside resort of Piran Vojka Stular.

THURSDAY, 19 December

LJUBLJANA - The Parliament is scheduled to vote on the new government. The candidates' list could only be approved or rejected in full.

LJUBLJANA - Government weekly session is scheduled.

LJUBLJANA - President of the Constitutional Court Dragica Wedam-Lukic is to present a yearly report in a press conference upon Slovenia's Constitution Day.

SARAJEVO - Chief of Staff of the Slovenian armed forces, Brigadier Ladislav Lipic, is to pay a visit to the Slovenian units taking part in the SFOR peace-keeping mission in Bosnia.

FRIDAY, 20 December

LJUBLJANA - A presentation of the candidacy of Bostjan M. Zupancic for a post of the judge at the International Criminal Court is to be held at the Foreign Ministry.

SUNDAY, 22 December

LJUBLJANA - Janez Drnovsek to be sworn in as new Slovenian president.

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