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Schedule of Events for Tuesday, 23 March

Ljubljana, 22 March - Below is a schedule of events for Tuesday, 23 March:

LJUBLJANA - As parliament continues its March session, MPs are to debate an income tax bill and a bill on conditional access to e-services (both in first reading) and changes to the penal code (second reading). A vote is also to be taken on the appointment of Andrej Engelman to the post of president of the Court of Audits; Marko Ilesic as the Slovenian candidate for a judge at the Court of Justice of the European Communities; Barbara Brezigar as the national member in Eurojust; and Lovro Sturm an ad hoc judge for the protection of personal data in a common EU supervisory body. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - Head of the Planning Section at NATO's Operations Division, Diego Ruiz Palmer, is to begin a two-day visit as part of a tour of all seven future NATO members.

SKOPJE, Macedonia - Culture Minister Andreja Rihter is to begin an official two-day visit to Macedonia during which she and her Macedonian counterpart Blagoj Stefanovski are to sign a programme of cooperation in culture for 2004, 2005 and 2006.

OTTAWA, Canada - Jelko Kacin, the chairman of the parliamentary committee for foreign policy, is due to begin a several-day visit to Canada, where he is expected to attend a conference entitled "The Changing Face of Europe: Opportunities for Canada".

ANKARA, Turkey - Economics Minister Tea Petrin is set to wrap up a two-day visit to Turkey.

LJUBLJANA - The Forum for the Left, a leftist group of intellectuals, is to present plans at 1:00 PM for a boycott of the referendum on the erased people that has been scheduled for 4 April. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - A declaration on health and social security of the elderly in Slovenia is to be presented by the Trade Union of Health and Social Care and the Pensioners' Trade Union.

LJUBLJANA - An exhibition showcasing graffiti by authors from the Slovenian cities of Maribor, Celje and Ljubljana is to open at the International Graphic Arts Centre (MGLC).

PORTOROZ - At 10 AM, a two-day meeting of some 180 experts on human resources and managers is to begin. The free movement of labour in the EU is to be one of the topics on the first day. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - Spar Slovenija, Slovenia's second-biggest retailer, is to present its business results from 2003 and plans for 2004 at a news conference at 11 AM. (STA)

KOPER - Intereuropa, a leading Slovenian logistics company, is to speak about how prepared it is for EU entry and about its business results at 10 AM. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - Acting director of the Agency for Agricultural Markets and Rural Development Sonja Bukovec is to speak about milk quotas and about direct payments allocated by Slovenia and the EU in 2004; at 11 AM.

LJUBLJANA - A bill on meteorologic activity is to be presented by the Environment Ministry on the World Meteorology Day at noon.

VIENNA, Austria - A draw is to be held to decide an opponent for handball club Krim in the semi-finals of the women's Champions League competition. A separate draw will decide the home and away dates of the men's Champions League final between Slovenia's Celje and Germany's Flensburg. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - Press review. (STA)

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