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Schedule of Events for Wednesday, 20 April

Ljubljana, 19 April - Below is a schedule of events for Wednesday, 20 April:

ASHKHABAT, Turkmenistan - The OSCE chairman, Slovenian FM Dimitrij Rupel is to pay a working visit to Turkmenistan to meet President Saparmurat Niyazov, FM Rashid Meredov, Speaker of the Parliament Ovezgeldy Atayev, as well as representatives of the OSCE and civil society. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary committees for foreign policy and EU affairs are to meet for a joint session to discuss Slovenia's draft position on accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the EU; at 8:30 AM. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - The college of deputy faction leaders and the speaker of the parliament are to decide on an extraordinary session at which Bulgaria and Romania's accession to the EU would be debated in addition to a government-sponsored bill on the public broadcaster; 9 AM. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - The National Assembly is to end its April three-day session by taking a vote on the appointment of Barbara Brezigar to the post of state prosecutor general and by electing members of an inquiry commission into the work of the state prosecution; begins at 10 AM.(STA)

LJUBLJANA - Defence Minister Karl Erjavec and Chief-of-Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces, Maj. Gen. Ladislav Lipic are to present to President Janez Drnovsek, the supreme commander, an annual combat readiness report. A statement to the press at 12:15 PM. (STA)

LJUBLJANA/LENDAVA - Hungarian President Ferenc Madl is to conclude a two-day official visit by meeting Slovenia's Former President Milan Kucan in Ljubljana (9 AM), and business people (4 PM) and representatives of the Hungarian minority in Lendava (5 PM). (STA)

LJUBLJANA - Deputy secretary general at the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, Per Ludvig Magnus, and Slovenia's State Secretary for EU Affairs Marcel Koprol are to sign a memorandum of understanding on the implementation of the Norwegian financial mechanism for the 2004-2009 period between Norway and Slovenia; at 1:30 PM. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - The 11th traditional annual meeting of financial experts is to begin, focusing on "credible financial solutions", as the slogan of "Capital 2005" reads; address by governor of the central bank Mitja Gaspari at 1 PM. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - A first, three-day conference of Slovenian tax inspectors is to begin, to be attended by representatives of several institutions from home and abroad; address by Finance Minister Andrej Bajuk; at 9 AM.

LJUBLJANA - A panel by the publisher Slovenska matica is to discuss business, science and culture a year after Slovenia joined the EU; at 5 PM.

MARIBOR - A seminar on financial crime in Slovenia to be organised by two faculties of the University of Maribor at 9 AM.

JESENICE - Steel company Acroni is to present its business results and plans at 10 AM.

PORTOROZ - International boat show Internautica, from 10 to 15 May, is to be presented to the press at noon.

LJUBLJANA - The national culture council is to meet at 11 AM to discuss a draft of Slovenia's long-term development strategy.

LJUBLJANA - Publisher Mladinska knjiga is to present its cooperation with publisher Reader's Digest, and the latter's plans in SE Europe at a news conference at 11 AM.

ANTALYA, Turkey - Two Slovenian women tennis players are to play Great Britain at the Federations Cup, Group C: Tina Pisnik is to take on Anna Keothavong, while Katarina Srebotnik will face off Elena Baltacha; at 9 AM.

LJUBLJANA - Press review. (STA)

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