Schedule of Events from 10 to 16 February

Ljubljana, 9 February - Schedule of events in the week from 10 to 16 February:

MONDAY, 10 February
BRUSSELS - Prime Minister Anton Rop is to pay his first visit to Brussels, accompanied by Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel. With EU and NATO enlargement topping the agenda, the PM is to meet NATO Secretary General George Robertson at the Alliance's headquarters, and Enlargement Commissioner Guenter Verheugen and Commission President Romano Prodi at the European Commission seat.

LJUBLJANA - Pierre Menat, the chief of the department for European co-operation at the French Foreign Ministry, is to pay a one-day visit to Slovenia as part of bilateral consultations. He is to meet Foreign Ministry state secretaries Samuel Zbogar and Iztok Mirosic and Slovenia's officials in the EU Convention.

OTTAWA - Defence Ministry officials are to attend a two-day session of the steering committee of the UN multinational stand-by high readiness brigade.

MURSKA SOBOTA - Business weekly Gospodarski Vestnik is to host a forum on how to save the economically weak SE Slovenian region of Pomurje, which is to be attended by Regional Development Minister Zdenka Kovac, CEO of clothes maker Mura Borut Meh, CEO of oil trader Petrol Janez Lotric, and others.

TUESDAY, 11 February
BRUSSELS - Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel is to pay a two-day working visit to Belgium, where he is to meet Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel. On Wednesday, he is to meet Herman De Croo, the speaker of the Belgian parliament, and deliver a lecture at the Royal Institute of International Relations.

LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary constitutional commission is to convene to discuss changes to the constitutional article on referendums.

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian Writers' Association is to organise a debate on proposed changes to the Constitution.

LJUBLJANA - The current implementation of the cross-border co-operation agreement between Slovenia and Croatia is to be presented by Slovenian members of the mixed commission monitoring the implementation of the agreement.

KRSKO/OBREZJE - U.S. Ambassador Johnny Young is to visit the Krsko Nuclear Power Station and the Slovenian-Croatian border crossing Obrezje.

PORTOROZ - Slovenia's co-operatives and the EU is to be a topic discussed at a two-day annual conference of Slovenian co-operatives, which is to be attended also by Europe Minister Janez Potocnik and Bank of Slovenia Governor Mitja Gaspari.

LJUBLJANA - Further steps in the co-operation between Slovenia's second largest mobile telephony provider Simobil and one of the world's largest mobile phone carriers Vodafone are to be presented to the press, as Simobil is to host Vodafone's global marketing executive Anthony Kendall.

LJUBLJANA - A regular meeting of Slovenian defence diplomats serving abroad is to take place at the Defence Ministry. (until 14 February)

WEDNESDAY, 12 February
BUDAPEST - Chief-of-Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces, Brigadier Ladislav Lipic is to pay a two-day official visit to Hungary, where he is to meet his Hungarian counterpart General Lajos Fodor.

THE HAGUE - A delegation of Slovenian police headed by Director General Marko Pogorevc is to pay a two-day working visit to The Hague.

BRUSSELS - Ljubljana Mayor Danica Simsic is to take part in the 48th plenary session of the Committee of the Regions, which is to be attended by mayors of capital cities of EU members and candidate countries.

LJUBLJANA - The Constitutional Law Association and the Chair of Constitutional Law at the Ljubljana Faculty of Law are to host a debate on planned changes to the Constitution that have to be made due to Slovenia's accession to the EU, which is to be attended by legal experts and government officials.

THURSDAY, 13 February
LJUBLJANA - Government's regular weekly session.

LJUBLJANA - The business magazine Podjetnik is to present the 2003 Entrepreneur Award.

KOPER - Banka Koper is to present its 2003 plans to the press.

LJUBLJANA - The council of the national broadcaster RTV Slovenija is to elect a new radio programme director.

FRIDAY, 14 February

CELJE - The Liberal Democrats (LDS) are to hold a congress to elect a new party president and change the party statute. The only candidate for the presidential post is LDS vice-president and Prime Minister Anton Rop.

BRUSSELS - Bank of Slovenia Governor Mitja Gaspari is to meet European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Pedro Solbes, discussing among other things Slovenia's plans to join the Economic and Monetary Union.

LJUBLJANA - The central bank is to present the December figures of the balance of payments.

LJUBLJANA - A debate "Where Is Europe Going" is to take place as part of the Newropeans Marathon, which will be taken to 100 cities in 25 countries, organised by the Newropeans and Europa 2020 networks. Over a hundred Slovenian students are expected to attend the event, as well as Parliament Speaker Borut Pahor and Franck Biancheri, the co-ordinator of the project.

SATURDAY, 15 February
LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian capital is to join the global march for peace in Iraq and in the world.

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian competitor for the 2003 European Song Contest is to be selected among 16 performers.

SUNDAY, 16 February
No major events.

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