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Schedule of Events for Thursday, 1 April

Ljubljana, 31 March - Below is a schedule of events for Thursday, 1 April:

BERLIN, Germany - Minister of Labour, Family and Social Affairs Vlado Dimovski is to visit Germany upon the invitation of German Health and Social Affairs Minister Ulla Schmidt. Meeting with State Secretary to the Labour and Economics Minister Rudolf Anziger, Dimovski is to discuss employment of Slovenian workers in Germany after Slovenia joins the EU.

BERLIN, Germany - Europe Minister Janez Potocnik is to begin a two-day visit to Berlin. He is to speak about Slovenia and the EU at the European Commission's mission in Germany, and meet with Germany's government and parliament officials. (STA)

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia - National Council President Janez Susnik is to wrap up a three-day official visit to Slovakia by meeting Slovak President Rudolf Schuster (at 9 AM) and Mayor of Bratislava Andrej Durkovsky (at 10.30 AM). (STA)

LJUBLJANA - On request of the opposition New Slovenia, the parliamentary foreign policy committee is to discuss the Former Slovenian President Milan Kucan's alleged stepping-in which enabled a Croatian politician to receive his foreign currency deposited with a former Slovenian bank in Zagreb. The sessions begins at 3 PM. (STA)

PORTOROZ - The association of Slovenian managers, Manager, is to organise a two-day seminar discussing economic issues in the light of Slovenia's EU accession. PM Anton Rop is to be the guest of honour at 4.30 PM. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - At its weekly session, the government is expected to discuss changes to the mining act; the 2004 tourism policy and guidelines for 2005; and changes to the act on the criminal responsibility of legal entities. (STA)

CELJE - Slovenia's Ispa projects from the second half of 2003 are to be reviewed by the Ispa programme supervisory board, which is to convene for the last time. After Slovenia joins the EU, it will no longer be entitled to Ispa funds for environmental and transport projects. Begins at 1 PM. (STA)

BAD RADKERSBURG, Austria - The Slovenian parliamentary commission for European affairs and the Austrian parliamentary subcommittee for EU affairs are to wrap up a two-day session at 3.30 PM. The meeting was initiated by the Austrian parliament speaker as his Slovenian counterpart visited Austria in November 2003. (STA)

KRSKO - Minister of the Environment, Energy and Spatial Planning Janez Kopac and Croatian Economics Minister Branko Vukelic are expected to speak to the press at 7 PM after a session of the commission overseeing the implementation of the bilateral accord on the joint management of the Krsko nuclear power plant (NEK). (STA)

LJUBLJANA/MARIBOR - The opposition National Party (SNS), the Helsinki Monitor Slovenia, and the Maribor Boycott Referendum Coalition are to give press conferences at 11.30 AM, 11 AM and 2 PM respectively to outline their positions on the Sunday referendum on the erased citizens. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - Several associations of trade unions are to speak to the press about preparations for a protest rally to be staged on Saturday, 3 April. Talks on wage policy are also to be touched on. Press conferences at 9.30 AM and at noon.

BLED - The 6th meeting of coordinators of the the Education for Democratic Citizenship (EDC) project of the Council of Europe is to begin. The four-day event is to be attended by national coordinators as well as Olof Olafsdottir of the CoE directorate for democratic citizenship and human rights education and Monika Oels of the European Commission.

LJUBLJANA - The 11th contingent of Slovenian military police is to leave for a six-month mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Members of the 17th battalion of the military police have taken part in the SFOR for five years.

CHICAGO, United States - Director of the Government Office for Slovenians Abroad, Jadranka Sturm Kocjan, is to begin a five-day visit to meet representatives of Slovenians living in Chicago, Lemont, Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

BOGOTA, Colombia - Director Tomaz Pandur and his latest project "100 Minutes" are to appear at the 9th Iberoamerican Theater Festival of Bogota. The Mladinsko Theatre of Ljubljana is to appear there next week.

LJUBLJANA - A day prior to the International Children's Book Day, a two-day festival of fairy tales is to begin at the arts centre Cankarjev dom. The message of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is to be presented at a special press conference.

LJUBLJANA - Press review. (STA)

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