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Schedule of Events from 7 to 13 March

Ljubljana, 6 March - Schedule of events in the week from 7 to 13 March:

MONDAY, 7 March

WASHINGTON, United States - Foreign Minister and OSCE chairman-in-office Dimitrij Rupel is to meet US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Defence Minister Karl Erjavec is to visit NATO headquarters to discuss Slovenia's activities in the alliance with Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Economics Minister Andrej Vizjak is to attend a meeting of the EU council for competitiveness.

RIGA, Latvia - State Secretary in charge of European affairs Marcel Koprol is to attend a meeting of European affairs ministers.

KLAGENFURT, Austria - Three Slovenian minority organisations in Austria's Carinthia are to organise a joint news conference about the conference of consensus on bilingual signposts in the province.

LJUBLJANA - The Ministry of Public Administration is to unveil its priorities for 2005.

LJUBLJANA - The Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning is to present its priorities for 2005.

LJUBLJANA - An Iranian business delegation, headed by Deputy Minister of Commerce Mojtaba Khosrow, is to pay a two-day visit to Slovenia. A Slovenian-Iranian business conference will be organised by the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce on this occasion.

KOPER - The Banka Koper bank is to present its 2004 results at a news conference.

KOPER - The Ministry of Transport is to hold a ceremony to mark the Navigation Day.

LJUBLJANA - The Association of Free Trade Unions of Slovenia (ZSSS) is to hold a news conference on the occasion of the International Women's Day.

LJUBLJANA - The NGOs fighting against the violence against women are to organise a news conference on the occasion of the International Women's Day.

LJUBLJANA - The Institute of Oncology and the associations against cancer are to hold a news conference on the occasion of the week against cancer.

LJUBLJANA - The Council for Higher Education is to hold a maiden session and a news conference.

TUESDAY, 8 March

WASHINGTON, United States - FM and OSCE chairman-in-office Dimitrij Rupel is to conclude his visit to the US. He is to hold talks with several US congressmen and senators, and address the US Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Finance Minister Andrej Bajuk is to attend a session of the EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council.

LJUBLJANA - The government Office for Local Self-Government and Regional Development is to present its programme for 2005.

BLED - The government Agency for Management is to organise an annual, two-day seminar on local self-administration.

PORTOROZ - The Slovenian Association of Farming Cooperatives is to hold a two-day round table, to be attended by Agriculture Minister Marija Lukacic.

LJUBLJANA - The National Council is to organise a public debate on the technology sector in Slovenia.

LJUBLJANA - The government Office for Equal Opportunities is to hold a news conference on the occasion of the International Women's Day.

WEDNESDAY, 9 March

PORTOROZ - The 14th Slovenian Advertising Festival (SOF) is to begin, to run until 11 March.

LJUBLJANA - The Ljubljana-based Peace Institute is to hold a public debate to asses the first 100 days of the new government in office.

THURSDAY, 10 March

LJUBLJANA - An Austrian parliamentary delegation, headed by Speaker Andreas Khol, is to begin a two-day visit to Slovenia, to meet Speaker of Parliament France Cukjati and heads of deputy groups.

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning Janez Podobnik is to attend a meeting of the EU environmental council.

MADRID, Spain - Defence Minister Karl Erjavec is to attend an international forum on democracy, security and terrorism, hosted by the Spanish King Juan Carlos.

LJUBLJANA - The government is to hold its weekly session.

LJUBLJANA - The national Institute for Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (IMAD) and the Ljubljana Faculty of Social Sciences are to organise a round table on globalisation challenges faced by small countries.

MARIBOR - A two-day conference on entrepreneurship and innovation, dubbed PODIM, is to begin, to be attended by Economics Minister Andrej Vizjak.

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian Environmental Agency is to organise a two-day meeting of directors of European environmental agencies.

KIEV, Ukraine - Culture Minister Vasko Simoniti is to pay a two-day visit to Ukraine, to attend the Council of Europe's ministerial conference on media policy.

LJUBLJANA - Organisers of the 7th Ljubljana International Festival of Documentary Film (from 16 to 23 March) are to hold a news conference.

FRIDAY, 11 March

LJUBLJANA - The Austrian parliamentary delegation, headed by Speaker Andreas Khol, is to be received by President Janez Drnovsek and Prime Minister Janez Jansa.

MARIBOR - Austrian bank Kaernter Sparkasse is to present to the press its new branch to be opened in Maribor.

NOVO MESTO - Economics Minister Andrej Vizjak is to open an annual agriculture fair in Novo mesto, to run until 13 March.

SATURDAY, 12 March

LJUBLJANA - The opposition Liberal Democrats (LDS) are to celebrate their 11th anniversary.

SUNDAY, 13 March

VIENNA, Austria - The first round of a new conference of consensus on bilingual signposts in the province of Carinthia, organised by Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel, is to be launched.

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