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Schedule of Events from 30 June to 6 July

Ljubljana, 29 June - Schedule of events in the week from 30 June to 6 July:

MONDAY, 30 June

LJUBLJANA - The recently backed reform of the common agricultural policy and what it means for Slovenia will be outlined at a press conference by the Slovenian Agriculture Ministry.

LJUBLJANA - The senate of the Ljubljana District Court is expected to pronounce a verdict in a trial against four defendants charged with "a brutal arrest" of Milan Smolnikar, who was suspected of having leaked classified military information to police. The arrest took place in 1994.

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's Statistics Office is to present preliminary figures of GDP growth in the first quarter of 2003, as well as some other statistics.

LJUBLJANA - Slovenian police is to speak about the arrest of several persons suspected of being involved in the smuggling of people from former Yugoslavia and Turkey to Italy, Great Britain and the U.S.

LJUBLJANA - A seminar on disability legislation and policy in the EU and Slovenia is to be held, organised by Slovenia's Council of Disability Organisations (SIOS).

LJUBLJANA - Ways of upgrading the competitive ability of the Slovenian textile industry and its adaptation to the EU internal market are to be discussed by the management board of the GZS association of textile, clothes and leather industries.

LJUBLJANA - A closed-door conference on how to regulate the field of religious communities in Slovenia is to be organised by the government Office for Religious Communities. Recently, two religious groups have complained due to the office's failure to process their applications for registration.

LJUBLJANA - An international meeting of university teachers and students entitled "Brave New Europe: at the Crossroads where Destinies, Events, Nations and Organisations Meet or Separate" is to be presented. The event is to take place from 1 to 12 July.

LJUBLJANA - Political commentator Uros Lipuscek of RTV Slovenija is to speak about Slovenian statehood from the aspect of U.S. foreign policy in the period from 1941 to 1991.

TUESDAY, 1 July

BRUSSELS - European Affairs Minister Janez Potocnik is to pay a visit to Brussels.

LJUBLJANA - State Prosecutor General Zdenka Cerar is to present the work of the prosecution in 2002. She is also to touch on some current topics.

LJUBLJANA - Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel is to meet with the leadership of the National Council of Carinthian Slovenians (NSKS). On the same day, he is to receive copies of credentials of Ghana Ambassador Kofi Dsane-Selby.

WEDNESDAY, 2 July

GORNJA RADGONA/BAD RADKESBURG - Togehter with Austrian FM Benita Ferrero Waldner, FM Dimitrij Rupel to attend an event called "Children's Arts Day" in the Slovenian and Austrian border towns of Gornja Radgona and Bad Radkesburgu.

BELGRADE - The financial committe of successors to former Yugoslavia is to discuss the clearing debt of the former Czechoslovakia.

LJUBLJANA - The economic and social council - a body associating all three partners in the social dialogue - is to discuss a draft national programme of safety at work, and the human development report for 2002/2003.

LJUBLJANA - The government council for social security is to discuss a report on the implementation of the consumer's protection in 2002 and a draft programme for 2003.

BRUSSELS - The EU's committee of the regions is to begin a two-day session, to be attended by observers from acceding countries.

LJUBLJANA - The collegiate body of the speaker of the National Assembly will meet to set the agenda of the last regular parliamentary session before summer recess.

THURSDAY, 3 July

LJUBLJANA - Priorities of Italy's six-month stint at the top of the EU are to be outlined by the Delegation of the European Commission, the Italian EU presidency and the Italian Embassy in Ljubljana.

BLED - A CEFTA ministerial conference is to kick off.

LJUBLJANA - An annual session of the association committee of the EU and Slovenia.

LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary commission for Slovenians abroad is to discuss the situation of the Slovenian minority in Austria and Italy upon Slovenia's EU membership.

LJUBLJANA - The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) is to present the newly-elected leadership to the press.

LJUBLJANA - Weekly cabinet session.

FRIDAY, 4 JULY

BLED - The CEFTA joint committee is to meet for an annual meeting.

BUCHLOVICE - FM Dimitrij Rupel is to attend a meeting of the Regional Partnership.

COPENHAGEN - Foreign Ministry State Secretary Samuel Zbogar is to take part in an informal meeting of state and general secretaries in charge of European affairs at foreign ministries. Through 6 July.

NAPLES - Transport ministers from the EU are to be joined by their counterparts from acceding countries, who will act as observers, at a two-day informal meeting.

LJUBLJANA - Ambassador Deborah Ann Stokes is to present copies of her credentials to FM Dimitrij Rupel.

SUNDAY, 6 July

BLED - The central event of of this year's traditional gathering of Slovenian emigrants entitled "Meetings in My Country" is to take place. It is organised by the Slovenian Emigrants Association (SIM).

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