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Schedule of Events from 10 to 16 March

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

MONDAY, 10 March
BRDO PRI KRANJU/LJUBLJANA - NATO Secretary General George Robertson is to pay a one-day official visit to Slovenia. Upon arrival at Brnik airport he will meet his host, PM Anton Rop, before having lunch in Ljubljana with President Janez Drnovsek. Robertson will also meet with Parliament Speaker Borut Pahor and speak in the Slovenian parliament.

LJUBLJANA - Delegation of the German Ministry for Consumers Protection, Food and Agriculture, led by Minister Renate Kuenast is to arrive in Slovenia. Kuenast is to talk about Slovenia's accession to the EU in the field of agriculture and the common agriculture policy reform with her host, Agriculture Minister Franci But.

LJUBLJANA - Government commission for WWII mass graves is to give a press conference to present activities and stance on the bill on WWII mass graves, which is stuck in parliamentary procedure.

LJUBLJANA - FM Dimitrij Rupel is to meet with president of the Union of Slovenian Organisations Marjan Sturm and president of the National Council of Carinthian Slovenians Bernard Sadovnik to discuss the Slovenian minority in Austria.

LJUBLJANA - A two-day seminar entitled "New Challenges, New Solutions", organised by the Vienna office of OSCE representative for freedom of press, European Media Institute from Duesseldorf and the Slovenian national network RTV. Media experts from Sweden, Ireland, Poland and Slovenia will deal with the issue whether fast digitalisation and liberalisation of the media market are threatening financial existence of independent broadcasting.

SOFIA - Invited by Bulgarian Agriculture Minister Mehmed Dikma and Dutch Agriculture Minister Cornelis Veerman, Slovenian State Secretary at the Agriculture Minister Darko Simoncic and undersecretary Marta Hrustel Majcen are to attend a two-day ministerial conference about co-natural agriculture within the frame of rural development. The conference will be attended by agriculture ministries from EU countries, EU candidates, Balkan states and representatives of the European Commission.

PRISTINA - Business delegation headed by vice-president of the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce (GZS) Marta Kos Marko will pay a three-day visit to Kosovo. Chair of Slovenian parliamentary foreign committee Jelko Kacin is also to attend the first-day reception.

TUESDAY, 11 March
THE HAGUE - FM Dimitrij Rupel is to attend the first session of the International Criminal Court.

BRUSSELS - Slovenia and NATO will go over the country's progress in membership preparations. Slovenia's delegation will be headed by Foreign Ministry State Secretary Samuel Zbogar.

BRUSSELS - Slovenian Environment Minister Janez Kopac will attend a conference on Europe's mobility week arriving by a new prototype of Slovenian bicycle manufacturer Rog. The minister is to present Ljubljana's initiative to become a bicycle-friendly city.

BELGRADE - Foreign Ministry State Secretary Crtomir Spacapan is to pay a two-day visit to Serbia and Montenegro, where he will meet with Slovenian representatives.

BRDO PRI KRANJU - A two-day conference on all aspects of illegal trade with light and personal arms in SE Europe is to start. The conference is organised by OSCE, the UN department for disarmament affairs, and governments of Slovenia, Hungary, Germany and the Netherlands. Its aim is to exchange experience and find ways to face the challenges of fighting arms trade.

RAVNE NA KOROSKEM - Defence Minister Anton Grizold and chairman of Slovenian Steelworks Tibor Simonka are to sign a document on production of 36 new valuk light armoured vehicles.

LJUBLJANA - Bank Austria Creditanstalt Ljubljana is to present its 2002 results at a press conference.

IZOLA - Food industry group Droga is to present 2002 business results.

LJUBLJANA - The business department of the British Embassy, the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce (GZS), plus the Agriculture Ministry are to hold a seminar on food industry and trade in the EU.

WEDNESDAY, 12 March
LJUBLJANA - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer is to visit Slovenia on the invitation of FM Dimitrij Rupel.

LJUBLJANA - The Ljubljana Stock Exchange and business daily Finance are to stage the "Bourse Focus" to discuss the capital market control, bonds market and capital injections. The forum is to be concluded with participation of Finance Minister Dusan Mramor.

PORTOROZ - 12th Slovenian Advertising Festival (SOF) is to kick off until 14 March. On the first day, the Golden Mirror 2002 award is to be conferred.

MARIBOR - Second largest bank NKBM is to present business results and plans.

THURSDAY, 13 March
LJUBLJANA - High representative of the European Union for foreign and security policy Javier Solana is to visit Slovenia.

LJUBLJANA - Luxembourg Foreign Minister Lydia Polfer is to visit Slovenia on the invitation of FM Dimitrij Rupel.

LJUBLJANA - Parliamentary economics committee is staging a public presentation of opinions on competitiveness of Slovenia's economy upon EU accession.

LJUBLJANA - Regular government session.

LJUBLJANA - A round table entitled "U.S. Foreign Policy: Curse or Blessing? - Policy of Super Powers: Global Consequences of U.S. Foreign Policy" is to be organised by the Faculty of Social Sciences.

FRIDAY, 14 March

LJUBLJANA - Italian Agriculture Minister Giovanni Alemanno is to visit Slovenia on the invitation of counterpart Franci But.

LJUBLJANA - Parliamentary commission for supervision of intelligence and security services is to discuss behind closed door the report of Slovenian Intelligence and Security Agency (SOVA) in the part year and the programme for 2003.

SATURDAY, 15 March

LJUBLJANA - Achievements in media and popular culture are to be awarded in an annual Viktor 2002 award ceremony.

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