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Schedule of Events from 19 to 25 April

Ljubljana, 18 April - Schedule of events in the week from 19 to 25 April:

MONDAY, 19 April

LJUBLJANA - MPs are to convene for their regular April session. The first item on the agenda is the appointment of five new government ministers.

LJUBLJANA/BRDO PRI KRANJU - Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende is to pay a visit to Slovenia at the invitation of Slovenian PM Anton Rop. He is also to be received by President Janez Drnovsek.

PRIZREN, Kosovo - Defence Minister Anton Grizold is to pay a visit to the troubled province of Kosovo to meet with Slovenian troops taking part in the peacekeeping operation Joint Guardian.

LJUBLJANA - The OSCE is to top the agenda of political consultations between Slovenia and Belgium, headed by Foreign Minister State Secretary Samuel Zbogar on behalf of Slovenia and and head of the Belgian OSCE Project Group Francois del Marmol for Belgium.

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian Restitution Fund (SOD), the custodian of the state's share of insurer Zavarovalnica Triglav, is to hold a press conference to present some key figures in the privatisation of what is Slovenia's largest insurance company.

LJUBLJANA - The beginning of the 9th edition of the Slovenian Book Days, a week-long series of events organised by the Slovenian Writers' Association.

LJUBLJANA - The 19th Slovenian Music Days are set to begin with a concert by the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra.

LJUBLJANA - The gay and lesbian NGO Skuc-LL is to stage a press conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the Magnus festival, which is considered as the formal beginning of the gay and lesbian movement in Slovenia.

TUESDAY, 20 April

LJUBLJANA - Continuing the regular monthly session, the parliament is expected to pass the income tax bill. The Q&A session with PM Anton Rop and the cabinet is also scheduled.

LJUBLJANA - Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Sergeievich Razov is to arrive in Slovenia for regular political consultations between the two countries. He is also to be received by FM Dimitrij Rupel.

LJUBLJANA - Representatives of the European Commission's Directorate General for Development, the EuropeAid Co-operation Office (AIDCO) and the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) are to pay a visit to Slovenia.

VRHNIKA - The Ministry of Defence is to present the army's tactical communication and information system.

LJUBLJANA - World acclaimed Alpine climber Reinhold Messner, who is also an MP of the greens in the European Parliament, is to visit at the invitation of the Youth Party (SMS).

GRAZ, Austria - FM Dimitrij Rupel is to appear as a guest of the Austrian-Slovenian Chamber of Commerce to talk about Slovenia and the EU.

LJUBLJANA - The management board of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) is to pass the organisations 2003 report and discuss wage policy for the 2004-2005 period.

LJUBLJANA - The Bank Austria Creditanstalt is to hold a press conference to present the results of the bank's Slovenia branch and unveil new banking products.

CELJE - A round table on development as the key to acquiring a global market share is to be held as part of the annual meeting of the businessmen club Zlatorog.

PORTOROZ - Managers of energy companies are to gather for the 6th meeting of Slovenia's energy managers. European and Slovenian energy legislation, and the co-generation of heat and electricity are to top the agenda of the two-day event.

LJUBLJANA - Business daily Finance is to organise a conference examining company takeovers and ways to conduct a successful takeover.

WEDNESDAY, 21 April

VATICAN CITY, Vatican - Outgoing Ljubljana Archbishop and Slovenian Metropolitan Franc Rode is to formally assume the post of prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, one of the seven congregations of the Curia Romana.

LJUBLJANA - The act on insurance companies and the energy act are to be amended as part of the parliament's regular session.

PORTOROZ - A three-day conference themed Slovenian law and economy on the threshold of EU entry is to begin. Speakers include PM Anton Rop, Parliament Speaker Borut Pahor, FM Dimitrij Rupel and EU ambassador to Slovenia Erwan Fouere. The event is organised by the law faculties of Ljubljana and Maribor and the European Commission delegation to Slovenia.

LJUBLJANA - Ombudsman Matjaz Hanzek is to deliver the Ombudsman's 2003 report to President Janez Drnovsek.

LJUBLJANA - The council of the Liberal Democrats (LDS) is to meet to confirm the party's slate for elections to the European Parliament.

LJUBLJANA - The Faculty of Social Sciences is to organise an academic debate dubbed "Social Science Responses to Slovenia's EU Membership".

LJUBLJANA - The opening of Teleinfos, Slovenia's biggest IT and telecommunications show. The show is to focus this year on cooperation between educational and research institutions, and the corporate sector.

PIRAN - The company running the seaside airport of Portoroz, Aerodrom Portoroz, is to hold a ceremony marking the arrival of new stakeholders to the company.

THURSDAY, 22 April

LJUBLJANA - Amendments to the act on police are to be adopted in fact-track procedure as part of the parliament's regular session.

LJUBLJANA - Weekly cabinet session.

LJUBLJANA - A series of events is to take place in the framework of the "Crossroads for Ideas", a join project of the British embassy in Ljubljana and the British Council marking Slovenia's EU entry.

LJUBLJANA - The National Council is to host a conference entitled "Ethical Dilemmas of Man's Relationship to the Environment".

LJUBLJANA - Financial firm KD Investments is to present 2003 results and 2004 plans at a press conference.

KRANJ - Telecommunications company Iskraemeco is to present 2003 business results to the press.

LJUBLJANA - Results of the national reading survey, which monitors newspaper circulation and electronic media, is to be presented to the press by the Advertising Chamber.

PIRAN - The Marine Biology Centre is to move to new premises. President Janez Drnovsek is to attend the ceremony.

LJUBLJANA - The National University Library is to officially launch a deposit library of the EU, mark Slovenia's EU entry.

FRIDAY, 23 April

LJUBLJANA - NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer is to pay a visit. He is to be received by Defence Minister Anton Grizold and President Janez Drnovsek.

LJUBLJANA - Amendments to the taxation procedure act, the commodities reserves act, the consumer protection act and the act on the liquidation of the Slovenian development Corporation are to be adopted in urgent procedure as the parliament continues its regular monthly session.

LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary commission on European affairs is to examine the future implementation of the recently adopted act on cooperation between government and parliament on EU issues.

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Representatives of the United List of Social Democrats (ZLSD), including the party's president Borut Pahor, are to take part in the 6th congress of the Party of European Socialists, a deputy faction in the European Parliament.

SEZANA - The Sezana municipality is to organise an event entitled "Open Borders 1981-2004" as part of celebrations of Slovenia's EU membership.

MARIBOR - The 7th International Choral Competition is to begin with a pre-competition programme of folk songs performed by the participating choirs. The event runs until Sunday.

LJUBLJANA - World Book Day.

SATURDAY, 24 April

WASHINGTON, United States - The start of a two-day spring meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which is to be attended by Bank of Slovenia Governor Mitja Gaspari and Finance Minister Dusan Mramor.

KAMNIK - The council of the opposition Slovenian Democrats (SDS) is to convene to confirm the party's candidate list for elections to the European Parliament.

FLENSBURG, Germany - Slovenian handball champions Celje are to play Germany's Flensburg in the second leg of the European Champion's League finals.

PORTOROZ - The women's teams of Slovenia and the United States are to clash in the first round of the Fed Cup.

LJUBLJANA - Reigning European women's handball champions are to take on Norway's Larvik in the second leg of the Champion's League semi-finals.

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