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Schedule of Events from 14 to 20 April

Ljubljana, 13 April - Schedule of events in the week from 14 to 20 April:

MONDAY, 14 April

KOPER - Croatian Foreign Minister Tonino Picula is due to pay a one-day working visit at the invitation of his Slovenian counterpart Dimitrij Rupel.

LUXEMBOURG - Foreign ministers of the EU are to meet at a regular session in Luxembourg to carry out the last formality - confirmation of enlargement - before the signing of the EU Accession Treaty between the Union and ten future members, including Slovenia, on Wednesday.

LJUBLJANA - French Agriculture Minister Herve Gaymard is to kick off the official part of his visit to Slovenia, meeting with Slovenian counterpart Franci But, Speaker of Parliament Borut Pahor and Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel.

LJUBLJANA - Slovenian President Janez Drnovsek, who is the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, is to be acquainted on readiness of the Slovenian army. Drnovsek is to be briefed by army Chief-of-Staff Brigadier Ladislav Lipic and Defence Minister Anton Grizold.

LJUBLJANA - President of the National Council, the upper chamber of parliament, Janez Susnik is to brief the press about his recent official visit to Canada.

LJUBLJANA - The agriculture economists society of Slovenia is to stage a conference on Slovenian agriculture in the conditions of EU membership. The conference is to be opened by Agriculture Minister Franci But, Chamber of Commerce (GZS) President Jozko Cuk, while visiting French Minister for Agriculture Herve Gaymard is also to be in attendance.

BUDAPEST - Foreign Ministry State Secretary and head of the Office for Slovenians Abroad Crtomir Spacapan is to pay a two-day visit to Hungary.

TUESDAY, 15 April

LJUBLJANA - Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) General James L. Jones is to begin a two-day visit to Slovenia. Jones is scheduled to meet with Defence Minister Anton Grizold.

PORTOROZ - A two-day annual meeting of energy industry executives is to get underway.

IG - The Slovenian Civil Protection Administration is to host a two-day meeting with mayors of Slovenian municipalities. The meeting is to be addressed by Defence Minister Anton Grizold.

LJUBLJANA - Slovenian President Janez Drnovsek is due to receive the credentials of newly-appointed Luxembourger and Japanese ambassadors to Slovenia, Paul Faber and Hiroshi Hashimoto.

WEDNESDAY, 16 April

ATHENS - Slovenian President Janez Drnovsek and Prime Minister Anton Rop are to sign the Accession Treaty with the EU. Slovenia will thus join nine other candidate countries in signing the document that sets down the terms of membership for the ten upcoming EU members, which are scheduled to join on 1 May 2004.

ATHENS - EU leaders and their counterparts from the ten future member states, among them Slovenia, are to hold an informal meeting with the president of the Convention discussing the future of the EU Giscard d'Estaing.

LJUBLJANA - The economic and social council is to hold a session at which the proposed wage model, put forward by the unions, is to be discussed.

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian Statistical Office is to present the final results of the 2002 census.

LJUBLJANA - The Speaker of the Serbian National Assembly Dragan Kalinic is to pay a visit to Slovenia. Kalinic is due to meet with Foreign Ministry State Secretary Iztok Mirosic.

THURSDAY, 17 April

ATHENS - The leaders of EU member states, ten acceding countries, three candidate countries and their counterparts from 12 countries participating in the European Conference are to examine current global affairs, especially the war in Iraq. The debate is to be joined in by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian government is to hold its weekly cabinet session.

LJUBLJANA - A delegation of the Australian parliament, headed by chairman of the parliamentary subcommission for trade Bruce Baird, is to begin a visit to Slovenia. The delegation is to be received by Foreign Ministry State Secretary Iztok Mirosic.

LJUBLJANA - The financial service group Kmecka Druzba is to present business results for 2002 and plans for 2003.

FRIDAY, 18 April

ZAGREB - Croatian and Slovenian transport ministries are to hold a working meeting that will focus on the timetable for construction of motorway links between the two countries and maritime infrastructure. The two ministers, Roland Zuvanic and Jakob Presecnik, are to take this opportunity to sign a memorandum of understanding between the two ministries.

SUNDAY, 20 April

LJUBLJANA - Eastern Sunday celebrations are to take place around Slovenia.

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