The 2011 Special Olympics closing ceremony takes place at the Panathenaic Stadium in central Athens at 8.30 p.m.

PASOK deputy Petros Efthymiou is holding a press conference in Parliament after completing one full year as the parliamentary assembly president of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), at 6 p.m.

Culture Minister Pavlos Geroulanos visits the island of Santorini with the general secretary of the Greek National Tourism Organization, Giorgos Koletsos. Geroulanos will chair an open meeting with the island?s authorities and associations on various issues including tourism and archaeology.

Environment Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou will meet at 12.30 p.m. with representatives of various environmental nongovernmental organizations at the ministry.

The US Embassy and Consulate will be closed in observance of US Independence Day.

The National Theater employees? union is holding a 24-hour strike.


The Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) presents a study on ?The Impact and Essential Adjustments for the Large-Scale Penetration of Renewable Energy Sources into Electricity Production,? in partnership with the Association of Electricity Enterprises of Greece, at the Ermis Hall of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (7 Academias), at 6 p.m. (Info:

Tram SA launches an initiative titled ?Tram-Bicycle, Parallel Routes,? with the support of Wind Telecommunications, at the Cultural Center of Palaio Faliro at 11 a.m. (Info: 210.615.8832)


Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos will meet with Ieronymos, the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, at the Holy Synod?s premises.

The 4th International Conference on Experiments, Process, System Modeling, Simulation and Optimization starts at the Divani Caravel Hotel in Athens. The conference will be in English, organized by the Laboratory of Fluid Mechanics and Energy at the University of Patra. Until Saturday. (Info:

The 17th International Conference on Digital Signal Processing starts on Corfu, at the Aquis Corfu Holiday Palace at Kanoni, under the auspices of the Ionian University. To Friday. (Info:


The Germany-based Bertelsmann Foundation and the Hellenic Foundation for European