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Schedule of Events for Monday, 24 May

Ljubljana, 23 May - Below is a schedule of events for Monday, 24 May:

MONDAY, 24 May

BUCHAREST, Romania - Prime Minister Anton Rop will begin a two-day official visit to Romania, as part of which he is due to meet his counterpart Adrian Nastase as well as President Ion Iliescu and heads of both houses of parliament. Rop is also due to attend the opening of a plant by Slovenian drug maker Lek in Targo Mures on Tuesday. (STA)

BRUSSELS, Belgium - The EU foreign ministers, among them Slovenia's Dimitrij Rupel, are meeting to continue negotiations on the constitutional treaty; they are expected to focus on the key issue - the definition of dual majority voting.

LJUBLJANA - General Manager of the Bank for International Settlements Malcolm Knight is due to arrive for a working visit at the invitation of Bank of Slovenia Governor Mitja Gaspari. They are expected to discuss new banking control regulations and the financial situation in banks. Statement for the press scheduled for 2 PM. (STA)

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Agriculture Minister Milan Pogacnik is to attend a regular monthly session of EU farming ministers with the agenda topped by fisheries; until 25 May.

SABOTIN PRI NOVI GORICI - Mayors of Nova Gorica and Gorizia, Mirko Brulc and Vittorio Brancati, are expected to meet at noon to remove the first section of barbed wire on the border in a symbolic gesture. (STA)

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia - Culture Minister Adreja Rihter is due to start a two-day official visit at the invitation of her counterpart Rudolf Chmel.

LJUBLJANA - A delegation of the foreign policy committee of Latvian parliament headed by chair Artis Pabriks will start a three-day visit by meeting Speaker of Parliament Borut Pahor, and their Slovenian counterparts led by Jelko Kacin. Statement to the press is scheduled after the meetings at 5 PM. (STA)

DUBLIN, Ireland - Head of the parliamentary economics committee Feri Horvat is to attend an EU parliamentary conference on development cooperation and international development assistance sponsored by the Irish Parliament; until 26 May.

LJUBLJANA - Slovenian expats' organisation Slovenska izseljenska matica to give a press conference at 1 PM on the publication of a new magazine for Slovenians abroad and an almanac. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - The Health Ministry is to release the results of a survey on the lifestyles of Slovenians at a press conference scheduled for 11 AM. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - Foreign-currency deposit holders of Ljubljanska banka (LB), now a defunct Slovenian bank, are set to stage a press conference at noon ahead of a new trial in Trieste, where the deposit holders have been trying to get the claims worth some EUR 50m from the NLB Trieste branch. They claim that the leading Slovenian bank, NLB, is a successor to the LB, which owes them money.

TRENTA - A ceremony is to be held at 11 AM to mark the 80th anniversary of the Triglav National Park, followed by a press conference at noon. Environment Minister Janez Kopac is to attend both events.

LJUBLJANA - The Council of Slovenian Disability Organisations will be speaking to the press at 11 AM, addressing among other things their full-fledged membership of the European Disability Forum.

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian Science Foundation will mark its 10th anniversary with a ceremonial session at 6 PM.

MARIBOR - The programme of the festival Lent 2004 is to be outlined at a press conference.

LJUBLJANA - Press review. (STA)

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS 2004

MARIBOR - The non-parliamentary Democratic Party of Slovenia (DS) is due to hold a press conference at which candidates for European elections will outline the orientations they believe are significant for Slovenia's future in the EU integration processes.

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