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Schedule of Events from 23 to 29 June

Ljubljana, 22 June - Schedule of events in the week from 23 to 29 June:

MONDAY, 23 June

OSLO - Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel is to pay an official visit to Norway, where he is to meet his host, Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen and Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik. Talks are expected to focus on bilateral relations, NATO enlargement, the situation in SE Europe and current international issues.

LJUBLJANA - Elizabeth Jones, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, is to visit Slovenia. She is to meet President Janez Drnovsek, Prime Minister Anton Rop and Parliament Speaker Borut Pahor.

BRDO PRI KRANJU - Italian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Pietro Lunardi is to pay a brief visit to Slovenia. He is to meet Slovenian Transport Minister Jakob Presecnik to discuss Italy's priorities during its six-month EU presidency.

LJUBLJANA - Greek Ambassador to Slovenia George Nikolaidis and EU Ambassador to Slovenia Erwan Fouere are to give a press conference at the conclusion of the EU summit in Thessalonike.

CATEZ OB SAVI - The Justice Ministry will hold a two-day conference on the transparency and trust in the judiciary. Held as part of the Twinning project, the conference will be opened by Justice Minister Ivan Bizjak.

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) and the Government Office for European Affairs are to hold a conference presenting the Community Assistance for Reconstruction, Development and Stabilisation (CARDS) programme, through which the EU offers technical and financial assistance to support the countries of SE Europe in the process of stabilisation and EU integration. The seminar will be opened by GZS President Jozko Cuk, EU Ambassador to Slovenia Erwan Fouere and State Secretary Rado Genorio.

LJUBLJANA - Interior Minister Rado Bohinc and Director of the Government Office for Refugees and Immigration Zarko Bogunovic are to give a press conference at World Refugee Day.

BLED - A two-day regular annual meeting of the core group of the life, environmental and earth sciences (LESC) standing committe of the European Science Foundation (ESF) with senior administrators of ESF-LESC member organisations.

LJUBLJANA - The winner of this year's Kresnik, an award for best Slovenian novel conferred by the daily Delo, is to be announced at Ljubljana Castle.

LJUBLJANA - Slovenian Police Day.

TUESDAY, 24 June

LJUBLJANA - The main celebration at National Day, marking 12 years of Slovenia's independence, will be held at the Trg republike square in front of the parliament building.

LJUBLJANA - Parliament is to hold a special session marking National Day.

LJUBLJANA - President Janez Drnovsek is to decorate former President Milan Kucan with the gold honorary order of freedom, the highest Slovenian decoration.

WEDNESDAY, 25 June

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's National Day.

LUXEMBOURG - Slovenian Agriculture Minister Franci But is to attend a meeting of EU agriculture ministers and their counterparts from accession states as observers at a new round of talks in a bid to achieve agreement on CAP reform.

THURSDAY, 26 June

VIENNA - National Council President Janez Susnik is to pay a two-day official visit to Austria at the invitation of his Austrian counterpart Herwig Hoesel.

FRANKFURT - Central bank governor Mitja Gaspari is to attend a regular meeting of the European central bank council, which will for the first time be attended by central bank governors from the ten EU acceding countries.

LJUBLJANA - A meeting of foreign ministry state secretaries of Slovenia, Hungary, Italy and Croatia within the partnership of four countries.

LJUBLJANA - Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel is to receive the leadership of the National Council of Carinthian Slovenians, an umbrella organisations of the Slovenian minority in Austria.

LJUBLJANA - Weekly government session.

FRIDAY, 27 June

LJUBLJANA - Montenegrin Foreign Minister Dragisa Burzan is to pay a visit at the invitation of Foreign Minister Rupel.

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's Young European Federalists (JEF) are to hold a video conference on the future of Europe at the Europa Centre, hosted by European Commissioner for Regional Policy and European Convention member Michel Barnier. Taking part in Ljubljana will be Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel, Ljubljana University Chancellor Joze Mencinger and Marijan Mir of the management of the Pivovarna Union brewer.

LJUBLJANA - The parliament commission investigating the case of the beaten-up journalist Miro Petek is to hold a closed-door meeting.

SATURDAY, 28 June

GOETTWEIG - Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel is to attend a forum in Austria's Goettweig on EU's future and opportunities brought along by EU reforms and enlargement.

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