Schedule of Events from 14 to 20 November

Ljubljana, 13 November - Schedule of events in the week from 14 to 20 November:

MONDAY, 14 November
        NICOSIA, Cyprus - FM Dimitrij Rupel is to pay an official visit to Cyprus to meet President Tassos Papadopoulos, FM George Iacovou and Parliament Speaker Demetris Christofias. He will be accompanied by a strong business delegation.
        BRUSSELS, Belgium - An annual autumn meeting of EU chiefs-of-staffs is to begin, focusing on the fight against terrorism. Captain Renato Petric will represent Chief-of-Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces, Major General Ladislav Lipic.
        BOSTANJ - The leading power company, Holding Slovenske elektrarne (HSE), is to bring on line the hydro power plant Bostanj, and lay the foundation stone for a new hydro power station, Blanca. Economics Minister Andrej Vizjak to attend.
        LJUBLJANA - KD Investments, the asset management arm of the investment group KD Group, is to present to the press its decision to sell its stake in Slovenia's largest grocer, Mercator.
        LJUBLJANA - The new leader of the main opposition party, the Liberal Democrats (LDS), Jelko Kacin, is to comment to the press on the government's proposal to see Slovenian classified as two cohesion regions in the EU.
        BRUSSELS, Belgium - The EU Council on education, youth and culture is to begin a two-day session to try and reach agreement on the action plans Youth 2007, Culture 2007, and Media 2007. Culture Minister Vasko Simoniti is to represent Slovenia.
        GOTHENBURG, Sweden - The start of a two-day ministerial conference "Toward a Knowledge-Based Society - a Scandinavian Experience". Slovenia to be represented by Local Government and Regional Policy Minister Ivan Zagar.
        LJUBLJANA - Parliament Speaker France Cukjati and deputy faction leaders are to continue a debate on two different proposals to set up a commission to investigate the disputed sale of the stakes that two state-run funds held in Mercator.
        JERUSALEM, Israel - Slovenian Ambassador to Israel Iztok Jarc is to attend a ceremony marking 10 years since the murder of Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin, also to be attended by other high-profile foreign officials.
        LJUBLJANA - Defence Minister Karl Erjavec is to receive the new Croatian defence attache to Slovenia, Bojan Suligoj, and the chair of the Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD), Marshall S. Billingslea.
        LJUBLJANA - State Secretary at the Economics Ministry Andrijana Starina Kosem is to hold a press conference to discuss the bill on Slovenia's business register.
        LJUBLJANA - Societies, movements, NGO's and individuals from different parts of Europe are to discuss the issue of the erased and the deportation of Alija Berisha and his family from Slovenia at a press conference.
        LJUBLJANA - The Civil Society for the Border in Istria is to present its complaint filed at the state prosecution to look into the genocide in the village of Strigova in 1947 and ethnocide along the entire south border.
        LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's Trade Union of Trade Workers is to talk to the press about the amendments to the trade act regarding the opening hours of shops.

TUESDAY, 15 November
        PRAGUE, the Czech Republic - State Secretary for European Affairs Marcel Koprol is to begin a two-day visit to Prague, to meet Czech Deputy FM in charge of European affairs, Vladimir Mueller to discuss the EU 2007-2013 financial perspective.
        KLAGENFURT, Austria - A delegation of the parliamentary commission for Slovenians abroad is to begin an official visit to the Austrian province of Carinthia.
        BRDO PRI KRANJU - The OSCE chairman-in-office Dimitrij Rupel is to address participants of a two-day meeting of mediators in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict. The mediators are representatives of Russia, Georgia, North and South Ossetia.
        LJUBLJANA - FM Dimitrij Rupel, French Ambassador Dominique Gazuy and Belgian Ambassador Jean-Louis Mignot are to sign a protocol on a training programme for the use of French in public administration.
        LJUBLJANA - Three trade unions of railway maintenance workers are to stage a token strike between 6:30 and 8:30 AM due to what they consider the "unbearable situation" at the Slovenian Railways Holding.
        LJUBLJANA - The Institute for Ethnic Studies is to present to the press a ceremony marking 80 years since the institute was established, to be held on Thursday.

WEDNESDAY, 16 November
        BRUSSELS, Belgium - Slovenian FM and OSCE chairman-in-office Dimitrij Rupel is to attend a meeting of ambassadors from the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, and meet NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.
        STRASBOURG, France - FM and OSCE chair Dimitrij Rupel is to take part in a meeting of the CoE's Committee of Ministers.
        LENDAVA - President Janez Drnovsek is to hold unofficial talks with his Hungarian counterpart Laszlo Solyom.
        LENDAVA - The opening of a branch office of the Institute of Ethnic Studies in the northeastern town of Lendava, marking 80 years since the institute was set up.
        HEERENVEEN, Netherlands - Slovenia U21 football team is to take on the Dutch youth team in the additional qualifications for the European U21 Championships.
        LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's Union Olimpija are to take on Tau Ceramica of Spain in the third round of the Basketball Euroleague.

THURSDAY, 17 November
        LJUBLJANA - Macedonian President Vlado Buckovski is to arrive in Slovenia on a two-day official visit upon the invitation of Prime Minister Janez Jansa.
        STRASBOURG, France - Council of Europe's Forum 2005 is to begin, to be attended also by Slovenian Labour, Family and Social Affairs Minister Janez Drobnic.
        BLED - The Environment Ministry is to stage a three-day international seminar dubbed "Managing Cities in a Europe of Networks" in cooperation with the CoE and the European Urbanism Council.
        LJUBLJANA - The government is to hold its weekly session.
        KRANJSKA GORA - Days of European Law are to begin. The three-day event is organised by the firm GV Izobrazevanje, the Institute for European Studies and the Academy of European Law.
        PORTOROZ - The Chamber of Commerce (GZS) is to host a two-day conference on real estate businesses.
        ANKARAN - The Association of Journalists is to organise a three-day annual conference "Journalism Days 2005".
        PODCETRTEK - Slovenian wellness and spa centre Terme Olimia and Terme Tuhelj, the Croatian spa owned by Olimia since 2003, are to present their business results, investment projects and plans for the coming year.
        FERLACH, Austria - A ceremony to mark 30 years since the only Slovenian minority party in Austria's Carinthia, the Unity List (EL), was founded.

FRIDAY, 18 November
        VARPALOTA, Hungary - Defence Minister Karl Erjavec is to meet his Hungarian counterpart Ferenc Juhasz. Erjavec will be accompanied by Chief-of-Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces, Major General Ladislav Lipic.
        LJUBLJANA - Israeli Interior Minister Ophir Pines-Paz is expected to visit Slovenia to meet his host, Public Administration Minister Gregor Virant.
        LJUBLJANA - President Janez Drnovsek is to host the 9th talk on the future of Slovenia, this time focusing on climate change.
        LJUBLJANA - A conference on the challenges of researching ethnicity and minorities in the 21st century is to take place upon the 80th anniversary of the Institute for Ethnic Studies.

SATURDAY, 19 November
        NOVA GORICA - The coalition New Slovenia (NSi) is to hold a congress to elect a new leadership, including the president. The incumbent Andrej Bajuk is currently the only candidate.

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