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STA Coverage on Friday, 21 March

Ljubljana, 20 March - The STA English service will cover the following events on Friday, 21 March:

LJUBLJANA - A press conference before Sunday's referendums on EU and NATO is to be held in the parliament at 1 PM. The speakers will be Parliament Speaker Borut Pahor, chair of parliamentary foreign committee Jelko Kacin, chair of parliamentary defence committee Rudolf Petan and chair of the parliamentary commission for European affairs and member of the EU Convention's presidency Aljoz Peterle.

LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary foreign committee is to convene for an emergency session at 11 AM. The MPs are to discuss a letter by Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel to NATO Secretary General George Robertson with an attached roadmap for Slovenia's reforms during NATO accession.

BRUSSELS - EU leaders are to have a working lunch with counterparts from future EU members and EU candidates, including Slovenian PM Anton Rop. The topics will be economy, crisis in Iraq and the future of Europe. A media statement has been scheduled for 11:40 AM.

LJUBLJANA - Walloonian Prime Minsiter Jean Claude van Cauweenberghe is to meet his host, Slovenian FM Dimitrij Rupel at 8:30 AM on the second day of his three-day official visit. The pair is to sign a co-operation agreement between Slovenia and the French community in Belgium and Wallonia. The guest is also to meet President Janez Drnovsek, Europe Minister Janez Potocnik and Economics Minister Tea Petrin.

LJUBLJANA/KRANJ - Austrian Agriculture Minister Josef Proell is to visit Slovenia on the invitation of Agriculture Minister Franci But around noon. Proell is also to meet Parliament Speaker Borut Pahor at 2 PM and attend a round table on agricultural policy, EU enlargement and consumers protection in Kranj at 4 PM.

SENTILJ - Interior Minister Rado Bohinc is to meet Austrian counterpart Ernst Strasser at 2:15 PM at the border pass Sentilj. The pair is to discuss the future Schengen border, Slovenia's accession to the EU and Austria's experience in internal co-ordination of European affairs.

LJUBLJANA - The trade union of workers from the chemical, non-metal and rubber industries is to stage a protest in front of the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) at noon. Over 1,000 protesters expected to turn out are to protest against GZS's prevention of signing the already harmonised tariff annex to the collective agreement in the chemical and rubber industry.

PORTOROZ - The three-day conference on accounting methods will wrap up in the morning. The final day is to be addressed by head of the Ljubljana Stock Exchange (LJSE) Drasko Veselinovic and Mojmir Mrak of the Ljubljana Economics Faculty.

PLANICA - Ski-jumping World Cup Finals are to kick off officially with team competition. Try-outs are scheduled for 9 AM, the first series for 10 AM and the second series for 11 AM.

LJUBLJANA - Press review.

In case of further queries please contact:
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM: Alja Sotlar at +386 1 241 0109
3:30 PM to 10:00 PM: Vlasta Horvat at +386 1 241 0109

Comments and suggestions may be sent to: english@sta.si

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