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Schedule of Events from 21 to 27 March

Ljubljana, 20 March - Schedule of events in the week from 21 to 27 March:

MONDAY, 21 March
        LJUBLJANA - A news conference by the Bank of Slovenia upon the conclusion of a routine visit by an IMF delegation.
        LJUBLJANA - Parliament to open its March session with PM Janez Jansa and ministers taking questions from the floor; the session to be suspended on Wednesday until after Easter.
        LJUBLJANA - The Lisbon strategy implementation to be debated by the prime minister and his ministers, the director of a macroeconomic institute, a member of the govt Strategic Council for Economic Development and a MEP.
        LJUBLJANA - An international conference on the environment and economy to be organised by the Slovenian ecological cluster and the Chamber of Commerce.
        LJUBLJANA - The opening of "Fusion Expo", the itinerant exhibition on fusion designed by the EU to bring its fusion programme closer to the general public.
        LJUBLJANA - The ways in which the Roma are portrayed in the Slovenian media will be the topic of a panel organised as part of a European week of the media and minorities.
        LJUBLJANA - The Helsinki Monitor Slovenia (HMS) to speak about fighting racism on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
        LJUBLJANA - The Defence Ministry to host a five-day annual meeting of Slovenia's military attaches to discuss changes in defence.
        
TUESDAY, 22 March
        BRUSSELS, Belgium - PM Janez Jansa, FM Dimitrij Rupel and State Secretary in charge of European affairs Marcel Koprol to attend a two-day EU summit, focusing on the reforms of the stability and growth pact and the Lisbon strategy.
        BRUSSELS, Belgium - PM Janez Jansa to take part in a summit of the European People's Party (EPP) in Meise near Brussels.
        LJUBLJANA - Deputy Supreme Allied Command Europe, general John Reith, to begin a two-day visit to the Slovenian Armed Forces.
        LJUBLJANA - The Agriculture, Food and Forestry Ministry to hold a news conference.
        LJUBLJANA - A waste management conference to be organised by the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning as part of an Interreg project.
        LJUBLJANA - The social partners to resume talks on a new bill on collective agreements.
        KOPER - Tourism and energy group Istrabenz to present its annual business report for 2004 and plans for 2005.
        LJUBLJANA - Bank Austria Creditanstalt to present 2004 business results and plans for the future.
        LJUBLJANA - A conference on climate change and how it affects waters in Europe to be organised on World Water Day by the Ministry of the Environment.
        LJUBLJANA - Culture Minister Vasko Simoniti to give a press conference.
        LJUBLJANA - An exhibition of Japanese wood engravings from the 19th century to open as part of the Festival of Japanese Culture.

WEDNESDAY, 23 March
        BRUSSELS, Belgium - FM Dimitrij Rupel, who is also the OSCE chair, to attend a meeting of the OSCE troika.
        LJUBLJANA - A conference on how business diplomacy could boost Slovenia's economic growth.
        LJUBLJANA - Defence Minister Karl Erjavec to hold a news conference.
        LJUBLJANA - A conference is to scrutinize a new environment protection act.
        LJUBLJANA - Second largest mobile carrier Simobil to present its 2004 business results and plans for 2005.
        ZADAR, Croatia - Slovenia's leading grocer Mercator to open a new shop.
        LJUBLJANA - An international haiku festival to begin as part of the Festival of Japanese Culture.
        LJUBLJANA - The 7th international festival of documentary film to end with an award-winning ceremony.

THURSDAY, 24 March
        LJUBLJANA - A talk on the Lisbon strategy with European Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potocnik, organised by Forum 21.
        LJUBLJANA - Weekly government session.
        
FRIDAY, 25 March
        LJUBLJANA - The exhibition "CENTRAL New Art from New Europe" to open at Skuc Gallery.

SATURDAY, 26 March
        KRANJ - The 35th Week of Slovenian Drama to end with an award-winning ceremony.

SUNDAY, 27 March
        LJUBLJANA - Clocks will be set ahead one hour to run on Daylight Savings Time (DST).

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