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Schedule of Events from 26 April to 2 May

Ljubljana, 25 April - Schedule of events in the week from 26 April to 2 May:

MONDAY, 26 April

LJUBLJANA - NATO commander for Southern Europe, Admiral Gregory G. Johnson, is to pay a working visit to Slovenia. He is scheduled to meet with Chief of Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces, Major General Ladislav Lipic.

LJUBLJANA - Deputy Speaker of Parliament Irma Pavlincic Krebs is to address the central national ceremony on the eve of Resistance Day.

LUXEMBOURG - Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel is to take part in a meeting of the EU council for general and foreign affairs.

LUXEMBOURG - Agriculture Minister Milan Pogacnik is to take part in a meeting of the EU's agriculture ministers.

TUESDAY, 27 April

LJUBLJANA - As part of celebrations marking Slovenia's EU entry, the European Commission delegation to Slovenia is to launch Cafe Evropa, where visitors will be offered information on the enlarged EU.

LUXEMBOURG - The EU and Russia are expected to sign an agreement on expanding the EU-Russia partnership and cooperation agreement to the ten new EU members.

PARIS, France - Transport Minister Marko Pavliha is to start a two-day working visit to France. He is expected to meet with his French counterpart Gilles De Robien and Secretary General of the European Conference of Transport Ministers Jack Short.

LJUBLJANA - The Student Organisation of the University of Ljubljana, alongside the umbrella student organisations of Sweden and Serbia-Montenegro, is to stage a four-day conference on the future of university funding.

LJUBLJANA - Resistance Day.

WEDNESDAY, 28 April

JELSANE - Slovenian and Croatian presidents, Janez Drnovsek and Stipe Mesic, are to officially open the upgraded international border crossing Jelsane, one of the main entry points into Slovenia.

BRNIK - Former Europe Minister Janez Potocnik is to attend the ceremonial launch of new premises for inspection services at the Ljubljana Airport.

BERLIN, Germany - Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel is to take part in an OSCE conference on antisemitism.

PARIS, France - Defence Minister Anton Grizold is scheduled to attend a reception for defence and foreign ministers of the seven NATO newcomers, hosted by French Defence Minister Michele Alliot Marie.

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian Bank Association is to present a special issue of its journal. Dedicated to EU membership, the edition has been entitled "Slovenia Entering the EU: Condition, Problems and Challenges".

LJUBLJANA - Logistics company Intereuropa is to present a new package of services for the Balkans.

GENEVA, Switzerland - Slovenia are to take on Switzerland in a football friendly in preparations for the World Cup qualifying round.

THURSDAY, 29 April

LJUBLJANA - The parliament is to hold a ceremonial session to mark Slovenia's 1 May EU entry.

LJUBLJANA - Ljubljana Auxiliary Bishop Andrej Glavan is to give a mass for the homeland at the Ljubljana Cathedral of St. Nicholas to mark Slovenia's EU entry.

BRUSSELS, Belgium - The European Liberal, Democrat and reform Party (ELDR) is to hold an election congress. PM Anton Rop is expected to attend.

LJUBLJANA - Transport Minister Marko Pavliha is to talk to the press about a conference on the 5th pan-European transport corridor, which is scheduled for 3 May in Ljubljana.

LJUBLJANA - Weekly cabinet session.

FRIDAY, 30 April

Highlights of celebrations to be staged around Slovenia on the eve of Slovenia's official entry into the EU:

NOVA GORICA - European Commission President Romano Prodi and PM Anton Rop are to address those gathered in Nova Gorica, at a newly constructed square connecting the town to the Italian city of Gorizia. Parliament Speaker Borut Pahor is to deliver his address shortly before midnight.

KRANJSKA GORA - Slovenian PM Anton Rop, Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi are to meet near Kranjska Gora, where the borders of the three countries come together, to mark the disappearance of borders following Slovenia's EU membership.

GORNJA RADGONA - Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel is to meet with his Austrian counterpart Benita Ferrero-Waldner at the border town of Gornja Radgona. Also attending the celebration are National Council President Janez Susnik and Deputy Speaker of Parliament Valentin Pohorec.

LJUBLJANA - Celebrations marking EU membership are to be staged at various locations throughout the capital, with keynote speaker Janez Drnovsek. Ljubljana mayor Danisa Simsic and Former Europe Minister Janez Potocnik are to address the crowds just before midnight.

HODOS - Former presidents of Slovenia and Hungary, Milan Kucan and Arpad Goenz, are to meet at the border crossing Hodos.

NOVA GORICA - Koper Bishop Metod Pirih and Gorizia Archbishop Dino de Antoni are to give a homeland mass to mark Slovenia's EU entry. Both are also expected to attend celebrations in the newly created square between Slovenia's Nova Gorica and Italy's Gorizia.

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LJUBLJANA - Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Spatial Planning is to talk to the press to outline how well Slovenia's legislation is aligned with the acquis in the fields of environment and energy.

SATURDAY, 1 May

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia officially becomes an EU member.

DUBLIN, Ireland - Heads of government of the 25 EU members, including Slovenia's Anton Rop, are to gather in the Irish capital to celebrate the EU's most expansive enlargement to date.

MARIBOR - Maribor Bishop Franc Kramberger is to be joined by Coadjutor Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin at a mass held at the Maribor Church of St. John the Baptist to mark Slovenia's EU entry.

LJUBLJANA - International Labour Day.

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