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Schedule of Events for Wednesday, 23 June

Ljubljana, 22 June - Below is a schedule of events for Wednesday, 23 June:

LONDON, United Kingdom - Prime Minister Anton Rop is due to pay a working visit to Great Britain, where he will meet Prime Minister Tony Blair. Rop, whose entourage includes Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel, is also scheduled to meet British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and the president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Jean Lemierre. He is to attend a luncheon with a group of finance officials and business people and in the evening join a reception hosted by the Slovenian Embassy in London ahead of Slovenia's National Day (25 June) and a multimedia show of industrial design. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - Parliament is to convene for the 47th emergency session at 10 AM to promulgate the recently adopted constitutional changes. Changes to articles 14, 43 and 50 deal with the equality of men and women in standing in elections, the equality of human rights regardless of the person's disability and the right to pension. Another item on the agenda of the session is a constitutional review related to regionalisation. MPs are expected to pass their position on the proposed changes that are seen as crucial in forming provinces in Slovenia. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - The first public debate is to be staged by the newly-formed Assembly for the Republic, a forum set up by prominent right-wing figures, such as opposition SDS and NSi leaders Janez Jansa and Andrej Bajuk, as well as FM Dimitrij Rupel. Despite being urged by his LDS party not to attend the forum, Rupel announced that he would try to take part in the official establishment of the Assembly for the Republic after his visit to Great Britain. In a press release ahead of its first session, the forum said that in the election year, it "might turn into a winning coalition of democratic and nation-building parties". The debate, themed "People, Nation, State - Slovenian National Interest after EU Entry" is to begin at 6 PM.

LJUBLJANA - The National Electoral Commission is due to meet at 1 PM to confirm the outcome of the 13 June elections to the European Parliament. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - Newspaper publisher Delo will confer the Kresnik Award for best novel of the year. The five shortlisted novels - all came out in 2003 - were written by Lojze Kovacic, Nedeljka Pirjevec, Florjan Lipus, Feri Lainscek and Dusan Merc. The ceremony at Ljubljana Castle starts at 20:30 PM, while the award is to be conferred at 23:30 PM.

BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro - Europe Minister Milan M. Cvikl is due to begin a two-day working visit as part of which he is meeting Serbia-Montenegrin Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic, Deputy Serbian PM Miroljub Labus and Minister of International Economic Relation and European Integration Gordano Djurovic. Cvikl is expected to share Slovenia's experience in the EU accession process and offer technical assistance.

KRSKO - The Slovenian-Croatian commission overseeing the implementation of the agreement on the jointly-owned Krsko Nuclear Power Plant is to meet. The meeting will be attended by delegations headed by Slovenian Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy Janez Kopac and Croatian Economics Minister Branko Vukelic. A statement for the press is scheduled for 4:30 PM.

DUBLIN, Ireland - Ljubljana Mayor Danica Simsic will begin a two-day visit to Dublin, where she is due to meet city officials and open an exhibition "Ljubljana Through European Eyes" organised as part of Week of Slovenian Culture held there. A meeting with the newly-elected Dublin mayor is scheduled for Thursday.

LJUBLJANA - A delegation of the Albanian Ministry for Local Administration and Decentralisation will wrap up their visit at which they are learning about the organisation of Slovenia's system of civil protection.

LJUBLJANA - President Janez Drnovsek to receive Indian Ambassador T.P. Sreenivasan for a farewell visit at 3:15 PM.

LJUBLJANA - The Public Health Institute is to hold a press conference at 10 AM to release the latest figures on drug addicts and the emergence of synthetic drugs in Slovenia.

LJUBLJANA - Slovenian UNICEF is due to hold a press conference at 10 AM to introduce a campaign in which Slovenian companies raise money for children in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

LJUBLJANA - President Janez Drnovsek is to decorate several persons for their merits for the nation.

LJUBLJANA - The Economic and Social Council, in which government, trade union and employer representatives meet for social dialogue, will mark its 10th anniversary at a ceremonial session at 10 AM.

LJUBLJANA - Magazine Manager will announce the Most Esteemed Manger of 2004 and the winner of the Golden Tree Award at 1:30 PM.

LJUBLJANA - The European Employment Services network is to be introduced at 4 PM as part of European Wednesdays. The network associates public employment offices in the EU and the European Economic Area.

LJUBLJANA - The National Housing Fund is to hold a press conference at noon to review work in the past 12 years.

LJUBLJANA - A press conference is scheduled for 10 AM upon the conclusion of an exhibition showcasing the Freising Manuscripts (Brezinski spomeniki), the earliest written records of the Slovenian language.

LJUBLJANA - The programme of the 22nd Radovljica Early Music Festival is to be presented to the press at noon. As its name implies, the festival features early music played on instruments such as harpsichord, clavichord, lute and rebec.

BREZICE - The Brezice Group Festival of classical music is to get under way.

LJUBLJANA - Press review. (STA)

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