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Information is provided below on the main venue (other venues will be posted later):

Brdo pri Kranju

The Brdo estate, where the Brdo Congress Centre is placed, is located near Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, and it is no more than a couple of kilometres from the central Jože Pučnik Airport.

The estate also houses the Brdo state protocol castle, which was built in 1499, when the Austrian Emperor Maximillian I allowed the noble George Egkh-Hungerspach to build a dam on the Vršek stream. Three ponds were constructed, two of which, now over 500 years old, continue to adorn the castle grounds.

The first written mention of the medieval castle dates back to 1446. In 1510, it was renovated in Renaissance style. It was rebuilt in the twentieth century, receiving its current appearance. At the start of World War II, the entire estate was a mere 66 hectares, growing by 1972 to its present area.

Brdo pri Kranju is one of over 286 Slovenian Natura 2000 external link network areas. The Natura 2000 network aims to preserve biodiversity and protect the natural habitats of endangered species – a European Union priority. The variety of plant and animal life is especially rich at locations where different types of land meet, and there are many different types in Brdo pri Kranju.

The springs, streams, and 11 ponds are home to over 23 species of snail and clam, and a few species of dragonfly, of which the Balkan Goldenring (Cordulegaster heros), an endangered species on the Natura 2000 list, is especially noteworthy. The use of the stream has been specifically adapted to the needs of its larvae.

The fact that the Stone Crayfish (Austropotamobius torrentium) flourishes in the stream is proof that the water is extremely clean.


Permanent Press Centre in Brdo

The Press Centre is located 200m from the Brdo Congress Centre. Its standard equipment includes 200 work stations, of which 20 are equipped by PCs with Internet access, telephones, fax machines, printers, and photocopiers. The work stations are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Stations are equipped with 220V power outlets. Laptop computers can be plugged directly into RJ 45 sockets for Internet access through high speed lines via an LAN. In addition, WiFi will also be available. For individual events, TV and radio booths and stand-up positions are also planned.

Press Centre in LjubljanaTown Hall

During the Slovenian EU Presidency, the Municipality of Ljubljana expects to host a lot of visitors from near and far, including media representatives, who are very likely to visit the Slovenian capital during their stay in Slovenia; some of them will even stay in accommodation in Ljubljana.

In order to enable media representatives to discover Ljubljana – combining business and pleasure – the Town Hall (Mestni trg 1) will, for the duration of the Presidency, offer them appropriate premises where they can work and also keep up to date with current formal events and cultural performances in Ljubljana.

The Press Centre will be open every working day from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. and will extend its working hours if required. Opening hours will be longer when Ljubljana is hosting important Slovenian EU Presidency events.

There will be ten workstations equipped with computers with internet access at the disposal of media representatives. Wireless internet will also be provided. The Press Centre will supply up-to-date information on events in Ljubljana and on all Presidency-related activities of the Ljubljana Municipality.

Media representatives will be authorised to enter upon presentation of a valid press card.


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Date: 22.01.2008