ECONOMY

Week ahead

Monday

The Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and the Hellenic American Union hold the first GARP meeting of the year at the HAU Conference Center (22 Massalias, Kolonaki), starting at 5.30 p.m. (Info: www.hau.gr/?i=business-it-training.en.sp-events.1794)

Tuesday

Invest in Greece is holding the 11th International Venture Capital and Private Equity Forum at the Hotel Grande Bretagne today and tomorrow. Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou will be among the speakers. (Info: www.vcforum.gr)

The Hellenic Society for Disabled Children (ELEPAP) is holding a fundraising dinner at the King George Palace Hotel at 7.30 p.m. Yiannis Stournaras, the general manager of the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE), will speak on ?The Debt Crisis in the Eurozone and Greece and Proposals to Handle it Efficiently.? (Info: elepap.gr)

The Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) is to publish March data on new car sales. (Info: www.statistics.gr)

Wednesday

In cooperation with Marfin Egnatia Bank and CNP Marfin Life, the Hygeia group is holding a press conference on the launch of new services for diabetics at the King George Hotel at midday.

A conference titled ?Can Greece Recover from the Economic Crisis Without Investing in Broadband?? is to be held at the Onassis Cultural Center, starting at 9 a.m. Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change Tina Birbili, the chairman of Public Power Corporation, Arthouros Zervos, and the general secretary of communications at the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, Sokratis Katsikas, will be among the keynote speakers. (Info: www.hazliseconomist.com)

Thursday

Journalists launch a four-day strike over the terms of the collective wage agreement and the continuing layoffs in the sector.

Research group KEPP holds a conference titled ?The Crisis as an Opportunity: Investments in Greece Today? at the Hilton Hotel, starting at 3 p.m. Regional Development and Competitiveness Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis, former Finance Minister Yannos Papantoniou, Piraeus Bank CEO Stavros Lekkakos and the president of the Athens Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Konstantinos Michalos will be among the keynote speakers. (Info: http://kepp.imerides.gr)

The Best Value Yachting exhibition on secondhand boats starts today at the Athletic Marina of Kallithea and is set to run through Sunday. (Info: http://bestvalue.europartners.gr/?Languages_id=2)

Friday

EU Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potocnik and Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki hold a joint press conference on pollution in the Mediterranean at the European Commission?s Athens office (2 Vassilissis Sofias), starting at 10.30 a.m. (Info: tel 210.727.2105)

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