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Schedule of Events from 31 March to 6 April

Ljubljana, 30 March - Schedule of events in the week from 31 March to 6 April:

MONDAY, 31 March

BRUSSELS - A new round of negotiations on enlargement of the European Economic Area (EEA) between the future EU members, among them Slovenia, and the current EEA members is to be held.

ROME - Slovenian Economics Minister Tea Petrin is due to attend a meeting of economy ministers from the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative. The meeting will take place in the framework of the second working table, examining issues of the economy, tourism and co-operation between small and mid-sized companies.

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's national forum on the future of Europe is to review the proposed chapters of the future EU constitution. The session is to be presided by Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel, who is also the government member in the European Convention discussing the future of the EU.

LJUBLJANA - The president of the Bavarian Constitutional Court Edda Huther is scheduled to begin a two-day visit to Slovenia. Huther is due to meet with her Slovenian counterpart and host Dragica Wedam Lukic and Justice Minister Ivan Bizjak.

LJUBLJANA - Officials from Slovenia's Statistical Office are to present preliminary data about first-quarter GDP growth, as well as figures for 2002 economic growth.

SEZANA - A meeting of mayors from Slovenia's municipalities of Sezana and Koper and Italy's Trieste municipality with gas companies Petrol Plin from Ljubljana and Acegas from Trieste. The meeting is to examine the establishment of a gas link between the Italian port city and the Slovenian coast.

TUESDAY, 1 April

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian Election Commission is to announce the official results of referendums on EU and NATO membership that were held on 23 March.

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian centre for the promotion of small business is to hold a press conference to present its projects and aims for 2003.

SARAJEVO - Slovenian Foreign Ministry State Secretary Iztok Mirosic is to visit Bosnia-Herzegovina as part of a regular round of political consultations between the two countries.

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian Railways are to stage a press conference upon the occassion of the visit ot the director general of Germany's railways, DB, Hartmut Mehdorn.

WEDNESDAY, 2 April

SKOPJE - Slovenian President Janez Drnovsek is to pay a two-day official visit to Macedonia at the invitation of his Macedonian counterpart Boris Trajkovski. Drnovsek is expected to be accompanied by Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel and Economics Minister Tea Petrin.

BRUSSELS - Former Slovenian President Milan Kucan is to co-preside at the official establishment of the international collegium for ethical, political and scientific issues.

BERN - Slovenian Agriculture Minister Franci But is due to begin a three-day visit to Switzerland.

VIENNA - Slovenia's second mobile operator Simobil is to present its 2002 results together with its owner, Austria's Mobilkom group.

THURSDAY, 3 April

BRUSSELS - The European Convention discussing the future of the EU is to begin a regular two-day plenary session. The session is to be attended by Slovenian representatives, including Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel.

VIENNA - Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel is due to meet with Austrian counterpart Benita Ferrero Waldner, with talks aimed at the activities of the Network for Human Security.

LJUBLJANA - Regular weekly government session.

PORTOROZ - Slovenian Prime Minister Anton Rop is to attend a the first day of a two-day meeting of Slovenian managers. Rop is to discuss current economic issues and Slovenia's path to EU membership with the managers.

FRIDAY, 4 April

BELGRADE - Slovenian Foreign Ministry State Secretary Iztok Mirosic is to visit Serbia-Montenegro as part of a regular round of political consultations between the two countries.

LJUBLJANA - The government council for social security is to be in session, discussing the bill on humanitarian organisations among other things.

SATURDAY, 5 April

OTTAWA - The President of the Slovenian National Council Janez Susnik is scheduled to head for Canada, where he is to pay a week-long visit at the invitation of the President of the Canadian Senate Dan Hays. Susnik is also expected to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien and other Canadian officials.

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