ECONOMY

AGENDA

MONDAY Union of Greek Shipowners (EEE) holds news conference at 1 p.m., 85 Miaouli, Piraeus. National Exports Council meets to discuss policy. National Confederation of Hellenic Commerce to present the 2002 annual report, at the National Bank of Greece headquarters, 82-84 Aeolou. Consumer organization EKPOIZO urges consumers to refrain from using credit cards or taking out bank loans as from today until Saturday in support of its collective action lawsuit against Alpha Bank. TUESDAY Prime Minister Costas Simitis travels to Belgium to attend tomorrow’s Social Forum meeting on the Lisbon strategy and goals for employment. Vice president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, to speak at the general meeting of the Greek-German Chamber on «2004 Olympic Games: Economic and Political Views.» At the Caravel Hotel. For further information, tel 210.645.5386. WEDNESDAY President of Athens 2004, Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, and the chairman of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry to present the accessibility program «Hermes» for businesses. At the headquarters of Athens 2004, Nea Ionia. Economy Minister Nikos Christodoulakis chairs an ECOFIN meeting in Brussels. The meeting will focus on energy taxation and savings. NovaBank president, Dimitris Kontominas, to hold a press conference to present private banking facilities At the Goulandris Museum, Kifissia. Greece’s Center of Renewable Sources of Energy (KAPE) holds a conference on «Lighting and Energy Saving.» At the Holiday Inn Hotel. FRIDAY Prime Minister Costas Simitis to chair an EU Summit in Brussels. The prospect of war in Iraq and European development and employment will top the agenda. General Confederation of Professional Craftsmen and Small Manufacturers of Greece (GSEVE) hold a strike in protest against high taxation. Civil servants umbrella union (ADEDY) and the General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE) to stage a three-hour work stoppage from noon to 3 p.m., protesting against the imminent war in Iraq. Rally at noon in Syntagma Sq. Grande Bretagne Hotel to reopen after major refurbishment. Members of Thessaloniki Labor Center to stage a 24-hour strike.