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Schedule of Events from 5 to 11 July

Ljubljana, 4 July - Schedule of events in the week from 5 to 11 July:

MONDAY, 5 July

LJUBLJANA - Lawmakers are to convene for an extraordinary session of parliament to debate Prime Minister Anton Rop's motion for the dismissal of Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel and the appointment of Ivo Vajgl, a career diplomat, in Rupel's place. MPs are also scheduled to endorse the seven new Slovenian representatives elected to the European Parliament.

BRUSSELS, Belgium - EU finance ministers - among them Slovenia's Dusan Mramor - are to convene for a regular monthly meeting.

PRISTINA, Kosovo - Minister of the Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy Janez Kopac is to take part in a one-day conference debating the priorities of spatial planning in Kosovo.

LJUBLJANA - A press conference is to be held at the conclusion of a multi-day visit of a delegation of the Flemish Economic Relations Ministry.

KRSKO - The Slovenian and Croatian agencies in charge of nuclear waste management are to hold a joint press conference on the decomissioning of the Krsko Nuclear Power Plant.

BRUSSELS, Belgium - The Party of European Socialists (PES) is to hold a two-day meeting to elect the head of the PES group in the European Parliament and to name a candidate for the president of the European Parliament. Outgoing Slovenian Parliament Speaker Borut Pahor is among those running to become the PES' candidate for the post of EP president.

LJUBLJANA - Around 40 students from 25 countries are expected to debate the future of the EU after enlargement at an international meeting organised by the Young European Federalists and the Ljubljana Faculty of Social Sciences

TUESDAY, 6 July

LJUBLJANA - Romanian President Ion Iliescu is to begin a two-day official visit to Slovenia upon the invitation of Slovenian counterpart Janez Drnovsek. A Slovenian-Romanian business conference is to be held as part of the visit.

BRDO PRI KRANJU - The Interior Ministry is to put on a conference on fighting corporate crime in the post-transition period, which is expected to be attended by officials from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Latvia and Slovenia, as well as an official of the European Anti-Fraud Office.

ROTTERDAM, the Netherlands - Labour Minister Vlado Dimovski is due to attend a two-day ministerial conference on the link between emancipation and integration.

LJUBLJANA - Matjaz Hanzek, the human rights ombudsman, is to hold a press conference.

LJUBLJANA - A press conference is to be held ahead of the opening of the 52nd Ljubljana Summer Festival.

THURSDAY, 8 July

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

LJUBLJANA - Henrich Wilhelm Ronsohr, the head of the German parliamentary friendship group with Slovenia, is due to pay a visit to Slovenia.

BRDO PRI KRANJU - President Janez Drnovsek is scheduled to receive the credentials of the new Columbian and Pakistani ambassadors.

BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro - The president and vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Jozko Cuk and Cveto Stanic, are due to partake in a meeting of the presidents of business chambers from the former Yugoslav republics.

LJUBLJANA - A traditional meeting of Slovenian emigrants is set to take place in parliament house.

OPICINA, Italy - Draga Mladih, a traditional gathering of Slovenian youth from abroad and home, is set to get underway, running for four days.

LJUBLJANA - The 52nd Ljubljana Summer Festival is to get underway.

FRIDAY, 9 July

LJUBLJANA - Parliament is expected to convene for its regular July session, the last before the summer break.

MAASTRICHT, the Netherlands - EU ministers responsible for social affairs and employment are scheduled to hold an informal meeting that will debate ways to revamp social security systems, the promotion of social inclusion and the fight against poverty. Slovenian Labour Minister Vlado Dimovski is set to take part.

AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands - EU transport ministers, including Slovenia's Marko Pavliha, are due to hold an informal meeting.

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