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Schedule of Events from 17 to 23 May

Ljubljana, 16 May - Schedule of events in the week from 17 to 23 May:

MONDAY, 17 May

LJUBLJANA - Edmund Stoiber, the premier of the German state of Bavaria, is scheduled to begin a two-day working visit to Slovenia. Stoiber and Rop are set to open an exhibition of the earliest written records of the Slovenian language.

LJUBLJANA - The National Assembly is to open the regular session for May with questions time.

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel is to be taking part in a two-day meeting of EU foreign ministers. The EU constitution will be on the agenda. Later in the day, the ministers are set to hold a meeting with EU defence ministers, among them Slovenia's Anton Grizold. In the evening, Grizold and Rupel are scheduled to open the new offices of the Slovenian mission to NATO.

STRASBOURG, France - The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is set to host a three-day summit of parliamentary speakers. National Assembly Speaker Borut Pahor is due to attend.

LJUBLJANA - The non-parliamentary Women's Voice party is to present its list of candidates for the European Elections.

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Economics Ministry state secretaries Renata Vitez and Matjaz Logar and Education Ministry State Secretary Zoran Stancic are due to attend a two-day session of the EU council on competitiveness.

LJUBLJANA/BRNIK - Transport Minister Marko Pavliha is set to continue his tour of the country, paying visits to the Civil Aviation Authority in Ljubljana and Brnik international airport.

LJUBLJANA - The Association of Free Trade Unions is to hold a press conference to present its stance on a general strike for 26 May.

NOVO MESTO - Insurer Tilia is to present results for 2003.

TUESDAY, 18 May

LJUBLJANA - Slovenian and Montenegrin businessmen are scheduled to hold a business conference at the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS). The conference is to be addressed by the prime ministers of the two states, Slovenia's Anton Rop and Montenegro's Milo Djukanovic. Djukanovic will be paying a two-day visit to Slovenia.

LJUBLJANA - Parliament is to continue the regular session for May. Lawmakers are scheduled to debate the employment policy for the disabled in second reading, as well as going through the general debates on the bill on the public use of Slovenian language and the bill on the promotion of foreign direct investment.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Interior Minister Rado Bohinc is to begin a visit to Sweden. He is scheduled to meet Immigration and Asylum Policy Minister Barbra Homberg and his host, Justice Minister Thomas Bodstrom.

LJUBLJANA - Home appliance maker Gorenje is to speak about the company's standing in Europe.

BLED - The IEDC Business School Bled is to stage a round table on the readiness of Slovenian companies for the challenges brought on by EU membership.

LJUBLJANA - The company managing Slovenia's largest mall, Citypark, is to present expansion plans.

LJUBLJANA - Numerous Slovenian museums are to hold open days to celebrate International Museum Day.

CANNES, France - Culture Minister Andreja Rihter is due to take part in a meeting of EU culture ministers, which will also be attended by cinematography experts.

WEDNESDAY, 19 May

LJUBLJANA - Continuing the regular parliament session for May, MPs are scheduled to debate a bill extending the terms of lay judges at labour and social courts and amendments to the act on securities market in shortened procedures. MPs are also scheduled to hold a secret ballot on the candidacy of Igor Soltes for the president of the Court of Audits.

LJUBLJANA - President Janez Drnovsek is to host the sixth round of talks on the future of Slovenia. This round will be dedicated to the promotion of democracy.

DUBLIN, Ireland - National Assembly and National Council officials are to attend a two-day session of the Conference of the Community and European Affairs Committees of EU Parliaments (COSAC).

KIEV, Ukraine - Foreign Ministry State Secretary Samuel Zbogar is scheduled to hold political consultations with Ukrainian officials. Slovenia's presidency of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is expected to top the agenda.

THURSDAY, 20 May

LJUBLJANA - MPs are set to move on to the final reading of the systemic bill on the erased, as the regular session of parliament for May continues. The annual plan for the development and maintenance of motorways is also scheduled to be debated.

LJUBLJANA - The government is to hold its regular weekly meeting.

PORTOROZ - The curtain is to be raised on the 21st Financial and Stock Market Conference, a two-day event that will see leading Slovenian business officials taking part.

FRIDAY, 21 May

LJUBLJANA - The regular session of parliament for May is expected to draw to an end. Amendments to the act on higher education are the final item on the agenda.

MARIAZELL, Austria - Some 5,000 Slovenian pilgrims are expected to take part in a three-day gathering of Catholics from Central Europe.

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia and Luxembourg are to hold political consultations on the work of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The Slovenian side will be headed by Foreign Ministry State Secretary Samuel Zbogar; the Luxembourger side will be led by Ambassador Martine Schommer.

KOPER - Interior Minister Rado Bohinc is due to visit Schengen border crossings with Croatia in the Koper region.

SATURDAY, 22 May

BRIONI, Croatia - President Janez Drnovsek is scheduled to attend a two-day conference debating trust between neighbouring countries. On the sidelines, Drnovsek is scheduled to meet with Croatian host and counterpart Stipe Mesic, as well as the head of the Bosnia-Herzegovina presidency Sulejman Tihic and the Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic.

THESSALONIKI, Greece - Defence Ministry State Secretary Milan Jazbec is scheduled to take part in a conference debating peace and democracy in the Balkans.

LJUBLJANA - Defending European women's handball champions Krim of Ljubljana will be chasing a one-goal deficit in the return leg of the Champions League final against Denmark's Slagense.

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