Schedule of Events for Wednesday, 16 November

Ljubljana, 15 November - Below is a schedule of events for Wednesday, 16 November:

LENDAVA - President Janez Drnovsek is to hold an informal meeting with his Hungarian counterpart Laszlo Solyom. Minority issues are expected to top the agenda. The presidents are to talk to the press at 12:50 PM. (STA)

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel, the OSCE chairman, is to attend an ambassador-level meeting of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council. Prior to the meeting, at 2:45 PM, he is set to hold talks with NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. (STA)

BRUSSELS, Belgium - The final day of the autumn meeting of NATO chiefs-of-staff. Captain Renato Petric is representing the Slovenian Chief-of-Staff, Major General Ladislav Lipic. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - The Pension and Disability Insurance Institute (ZPIZ) is expected to vote on a pension increase in line with the recent amendments to the pension and disability insurance act. The session starts at 10 AM. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - The Railway Transport Trade Union is to go on another four-hour strike at 8 AM after it failed to reach an agreement with the management of Slovenian Railways. The strike is expected to affect passenger as well as cargo trains. (STA)

STRASBOURG, France - Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel is to attend a dinner held as part of the meeting of the Council of Europe council of ministers. The meeting runs until Thursday.

LJUBLJANA - Macedonian PM Vlado Buckovski is to arrive in Slovenia. Official talks with PM Janez Jansa, President Janez Drnovsek and Parliament Speaker France Cukjati are scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary committee on finance and monetary policy is to look into five tax laws that are to enter into force on 1 January and represent a mini reform of the tax code. The session starts at noon.

LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary foreign affairs committee is to examine a report on the activities of the OSCE chairman, FM Dimitrij Rupel, at a session which starts at 9 AM.

LJUBLJANA - Prime Minister Janez Jansa and Joze P. Damijan, the head of the government reform committee, are to present the reform package to the National Council at a session which starts at noon.

TUNIS, Tunisia - A delegation of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology headed by State Secretary Joze Mozina is to take part in the World Summit on the Information Society.

BRUSSELS, Belgium - The start of a two-day meeting of the EU Committee of the Regions. Maribor Mayor Boris Sovic is set to attend.

LJUBLJANA - Justice Minister Lovro Sturm is to met the president of the Slovenian Bar Miha Kozinc for talks on how lawyers can help reduce backlogs at courts; at 11 AM.

VIENNA, Austria - Former President Milan Kucan is to confer the award for journalists from Central and Eastern Europe, which is given out each year by the Austrian press agency APA and Bank Austria Creditanstalt.

KRANJSKA GORA - The association for catering and tourism at the Chamber of Commerce (GZS) is to talk to the press at 11:30 AM to talk about the upcoming winter season.

LENDAVA - A ceremony is to be held at noon for the 80th anniversary of the Institute for Ethnic Studies. A subsidiary of the institute will be inaugurated on the occasion.

LJUBLJANA - Olimpija are to take on Tau Ceramica in the 3rd round of the Euroleague, Europe's strongest basketball tournament. The game starts at 8:45 PM. (STA)

LJUBLJANA - Press review. (STA)

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