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Schedule of Events from 13 to 19 December

Ljubljana, 12 December - Schedule of events in the week from 13 to 19 December:

MONDAY, 13 December

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel will participate at the regular meeting of the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC). The GAERC will discuss the bases for the upcoming EU summit which will decide on beginning of the negotiations with Turkey and Croatia, conclusion of negotiations with Bulgaria and Romania, and guidelines for further negotiations on the 2007-2013 financial perspective.

VIENNA, Austria - At the occasion of 10th anniversary of signing the convention on protection and sustainable use of the Danube river a two-day session of the international commission for protection of the Danube is to be held. The seventh annual meeting will see participation of Slovenia's delegation led by State Undersecretary at the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning Mitja Bricelj.

STRASBOURG, France - The beginning of the regular December session of the European Parliament.

BRDO PRI KRANJU - New Ljubljana Archbishop and Slovenian Metropolitan Alojz Uran will be received by President Janez Drnovsek.

LJUBLJANA - Members of the party council of the Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) will discuss the disappointing results of the October election.

LJUBLJANA - Chief of Police Darko Anzelj and other police representatives will present the activities of the police upon the launch of the implementation of the act on road traffic safety.

LJUBLJANA - Insurer Slovenica will present its new life insurance company at a press conference.

KOPER - Tourism company Hoteli Morje will discuss new composition of management of the tourism section of its parent company Istrabenz at a meeting of the supervisory board, followed by a press conference.

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian Chamber of Pharmacy will launch "Know Your Medicine" campaign at a press conference.

LJUBLJANA - Press conference upon 10th anniversary of volunteer specialised phone line for gays and lesbians Galfon.

LJUBLJANA - Presentation of the "Musical Ties" project through which Swedish foundation Concerts Sweden/Rikskonserter will lead a comprehensive three-year musical exchange with Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia-Montenegro.

TUESDAY, 14 December

LJUBLJANA - Meeting of the collegiate body of the Speaker of the Parliament and the parliamentary commission under the anti-corruption act.

LJUBLJANA - Meeting of the parliamentary committee for finance and monetary policy to discuss amendments to the tax laws.

BRDO PRI KRANJU - President Janez Drnovsek will meet with this year's Zois Award winners.

LJUBLJANA - Panel discussion entitled "Is information of public character really accessible?" organised by the Peace Institute and the Information and Documentation Centre of the Council of Europe.

LJUBLJANA - Slovenian Railways will present the operation results and future plans.

LJUBLJANA - The Public Health Institute will present the results of the latest European research on drug and alcohol abuse among school children and youth.

CELJE - Memorial service upon 60th anniversary of liberation of 127 political prisoners from Stari pisker prison in Celje.

SLOVENJ GRADEC - Car-seat cover manufacturer Prevent will hold a press conference to evaluate the 2004 business year.

KOPER/TRIESTE, Italy - Slovenian research institute will present project "Majority Meeting Minority", part of the EU Interreg IIIA Italy-Slovenia 2000-2006 initiative.

LJUBLJANA - Official opening of the Slovenian musical information centre (SIGIC), followed by a press conference.

LJUBLJANA - The beginning of the international animation film festival "Animateka: Re-Drawing Europe 2004". The festival will be running until 18 December.

WEDNESDAY, 15 December

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Two-day meeting of transport ministers of the quadrilateral - Italy, Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia. Slovenia will be represented by Minister Janez Bozic.

LJUBLJANA - President Janez Drnovsek will meet representatives of the Slovenian Armed Forces, the Police and the civil protection organisations.

LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary commission for budgetary and other public finance control will meet.

LJUBLJANA - Parliamentary commission for Slovenian abroad will meet.

LJUBLJANA - Post and telecommunications agency will hold a press conference.

LJUBLJANA - Press conference of the community of municipalities of Slovenia at which the activities of Slovenian members of the EU Committee of the Regions will be presented.

RADENCI - Soft drinks maker and spa manager Radenska will present its business results and future plans at a press conference.

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia is to get its first fair trade shop. The shop in the centre of Ljubljana will be officially opened by Mayor Danica Simsic and Erwan Fouere, head of the representation of the European Commission.

LJUBLJANA - IUS Software company will organise a panel discussion and awards ceremony for 10 most influential lawyers in Slovenia in 2004.

LJUBLJANA - SENT, Slovenian association for mental health, will organise a panel discussion entitled "European Union in Slovenia" to present recommendations of the Council of the EU regarding human rights and dignity protection of the persons with mental disability.

LJUBLJANA - Association against sexual abuse will hold a press conference at the 10th anniversary of its existence.

LJUBLJANA - Panel discussion and presentation of book on European parties and the EU-level party system at the seat of the European Commission representation in Slovenia.

LJUBLJANA - Presentation of the anthology of best Slovenian love poetry as selected by Slovenian poets.

THURSDAY, 16 December

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Slovenia's PM Janez Jansa and FM Dimitrij Rupel will take part at the two-day EU summit which will discuss the start of the negotiations with Turkey and Croatia, the closure of negotiations with Bulgaria and Romania, and guidelines for the 2007-2013 financial perspective. The Primer Minister is also expected to participate at the meeting of leaders from the ranks of the European People's Party (EPP).

LJUBLJANA - The government will convene for the regular weekly session.

LJUBLJANA - Meetings of the parliamentary commission for supervision of the work of the intelligence and security services and the commission for the rules of procedure.

LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary committee for agriculture, forestry and food will discuss the proposed reform of the common market regulation for the sugar sector and the implementation of the nitrate directive.

LJUBLJANA - The assembly of the Pension and Disability Insurance Institute (ZPIZ) will be held after a meeting of the management board.

LJUBLJANA - Special ceremony in recognition of largest donors in 2004 for the new children's hospital. Conferring the awards will be Health Minister Andrej Brucan.

LJUBLJANA - Nove Poljane pharmacy will hold a press conference upon launch of Internet sale of over-the-counter drugs.

LJUBLJANA - One of the most popular radio stations in Slovenia, Val 202, part of the public broadcaster RTV Slovenija, will reveal the 2004 personality of the year.

LJUBLJANA - Head of the analytical and research centre of the Italian Central bank Francesco Lippi will present a research entitled "Pricing behaviour and the introduction of the euro: Evidence from a panel of restaurants" as part of the Bank of Slovenia's research seminar.

LJUBLJANA - Council of Europe's Information and Documentation Centre is organising a discussion on cultural co-operation and European cultural identity upon 50th anniversary of the European cultural convention.

FRIDAY, 17 December

BRUSSELS, Belgium - The two-day meeting of the European Council will wrap up. Slovenia will be represented by PM Janez Jansa and FM Dimitrij Rupel.

LJUBLJANA - Defence Minister Karl Erjavec will take part in a ceremony marking the day of the 1st Brigade of the Slovenian Armed Forces and anniversary of the foundation of special unit Moris. The ceremony will take place at the Franc Rozman Stane army barracks.

LJUBLJANA - The National Council, environment organisation Umanotera and cultural and heritage conservation organisation KD Nasa Slovenija-Slovenia Nostra are staging a meeting on life in protected areas.

KOPER - Insurance company Adriatic will present first estimate of this year's results.

SATURDAY, 18 December

LJUBLJANA - International Migrants Day.

SUNDAY, 19 December

SKOFJA LOKA - Sever Awards for achievements in acting will be conferred.

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