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Schedule of Events from 5 to 11 April

Ljubljana, 4 April - Schedule of events in the week from 5 to 11 April:

MONDAY, 5 April

LJUBLJANA - Parliament is to launch a week-long emergency session dedicated to constitutional changes and EU-related bills. On the agenda will be the amendments to the act on rail safety, the bill on the restructuring of the Slovenian Railways and the bill on access to electronic services. Moreover, changes to the consumer loans act are expected to be discussed on the first day, as is the appointment of the seven interim European MPs who will represent Slovenia in the European Parliament from the date of membership on 1 May until European elections on 13 June.

BUCHAREST, Romania - Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel is scheduled to pay an official visit to Romania.

GORNJA RADGONA - Slovenian and Austrian law enforcement officials are to meet to discuss joint border patrols.

BRUSSELS, Belgium - The defence ministers of the current and future EU member states are to gather for a two-day informal meeting. Slovenia's Anton Grizold is scheduled to attend.

DUBLIN, Ireland - Transport Minister Jakob Presecnik is scheduled to begin a two-day visit to Ireland.

LJUBLJANA - The Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs is to hold a press conference outlining Slovenia's social security policy once the country joins the EU.

LJUBLJANA - A two-day seminar on the effects EU legislation will have on Slovenia's meat-processing industry is to get underway.

LJUBLJANA - Officials of the Institute for Macroeconomic Analysis and Development are to present the third Development Report for Slovenia.

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian CIGRE committee, with the help of the International Council on Electric Systems, is to hold a three-day forum on the development of the power network in the open market.

IG - A two-day regional meeting of the Stability Pact's Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Initiative is to get underway.

TUESDAY, 6 April

LJUBLJANA - Lawmakers are expected to move on to adopting standpoints on the proposed constitutional changes dealing with equal representation of men and women; regionalisation; and the justice system.

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Ladislav Lipic is to attend a two-day meeting of army chiefs of staff from current and future EU members.

LJUBLJANA - The new Italian Ambassador to Slovenia Daniele Verga is to hand a copy of his credentials to Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel.

LJUBLJANA - Foreign Ministry State Secretary Andrej Logar is to receive the deputy director of the Korean office for European affairs Kim Byung-Ho.

LJUBLJANA - An Austrian-Slovenian business forum is to be held as part of an event marking 25 days until Slovenia joins the EU.

LJUBLJANA - Prime Minister Anton Rop is expected to meet with representatives of the Slovenian Romany Association.

LJUBLJANA - The Direct Marketing Association of Slovenia is to stage a two-day congress.

GORNJA RADGONA - The annual International Building and Building Materials Fair is to open its doors, running through Saturday.

WEDNESDAY, 7 April

LJUBLJANA - Parliament is to stage a special ceremony to mark Slovenia's entrance into NATO. The event is to be followed by ceremony at Cankarjev dom convention centre, with President Janez Drnovsek as the keynote speaker.

LJUBLJANA - Continuing its emergency session, lawmakers are to adopt a stance on changes to articles dealing with the disabled and with referendums.

MARIBOR - A round table debate on the right of the Romany community to education is to be held.

BRUSSELS, Belgium - The European Parliament's budget oversight committee is set to hear Vojko Antoncic, the Slovenian candidate for the European Court of Auditors.

PULA, Croatia - Foreign Ministry State Secretary Andrej Logar is to attend three-way talks on the protective zone declared by Croatia with Italian and Croatian counterparts.

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia is to observe World Health Day.

THURSDAY, 8 April

LJUBLJANA - Parliament is to adopt a stance on the proposed constitutional changes that would make pensions a constitutionally-guaranteed right. Leaving constitutional matters behind, lawmakers are set to go through the second reading of the income tax bill, which forms a part of the government's tax reform, as well as amendments to the act on excise duty, act on motor vehicle tax, banking act, the act on trust funds and the public procurement audit act. The bill on stock-taking and levies for excess agriculture stocks, another document in a bundle needed to be adopted before Slovenia joins the EU, is also scheduled to be debated.

LJUBLJANA - The government is to hold its weekly session.

LJUBLJANA - The Chamber of Trade is to hold a press conference to present the results of a meeting with Croatian counterparts.

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian Tourist Board is to present projects aimed at improving Slovenia's global acclaim ahead of EU membership.

KOPER - Insurance company Adriatic is expected to present business results.

FRIDAY, 9 April

LJUBLJANA - On the last day of the parliament's emergency session, lawmakers are due to take a vote on the bill on electronic communications, the amendments to the judicial proceedings act and the act on intellectual property.

LJUBLJANA - Croatian Foreign Minister Miomir Zuzul is due to pay an official visit to Slovenia.

SUNDAY, 11 April

LJUBLJANA - Easter Sunday.

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