MONDAY – -Parliament opens debate on 2002 draft budget. – The Civil Servants’ Union (ADEDY) stages a work stoppage from 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. in protest against what they consider low spending on health and education. -Premier Costas Simitis chairs Cabinet meeting on issues pertaining to Greek ports with a view to the 2004 Olympics. – Presentation of the study The Dilemma of Generations: Reform in the Social Security System, in Stoa tou Vivliou. The study was carried out by Georgios Provopoulos and Panayiotis Kapopoulos, both senior staff of Alpha Bank. – Christmas shopping hours come into effect. -Commercial banks start distribution of euro starter kits as part of information campaign in the common currency. – Journalists at Lambrakis Press (DOL) stage a two-hour work stoppage protesting against staff cutbacks. -Employees in state hospitals stage a 24-hour strike demanding the hiring of permanent staff and more funds to the primary health sector, and hold a protest march to the Economy Ministry. -Naftemporiki holds EGM on share capital increase. TUESDAY -Thessaloniki: Topos SA, a subsidiary of the construction company Themeliodomi, presents its activities at Mylos. The company specializes in ecotourism, organic agriculture and biological farming. For further details, tel. (031) 469.100. WEDNESDAY -Farmers’ Unions to meet in Farsala to decide on further protest action against low EU price supports. -The Federation of Greek Industries (SEV) holds a press conference at the Hotel Amalia. -EGMs: Motor Oil Hellas, on the full absorption of Avin Oil for 12.8 billion drachmas and conversion of share capital to euros, at NJV Athens Plaza hotel, 12.00 noon; Aioliki closed-end investment fund on whether to continue share buyback scheme, at its head office, 14 Filikis Etairias, 11.00 a.m. THURSDAY -Greek Journalists’ Union (ESHEA) stages a three-hour work stoppage protesting mass staff cutbacks. -The European Union to announce its decision regarding the use of community funds for the National Land Register. – Keranis Holdings holds EGM on approval of final relocation plan for Keranis Tobacco in Chalkida, at its head office, 39 Athens St., Piraeus, 3.00 p.m. FRIDAY -Parliament to vote on 2002 State budget. -New deadline for drivers to obtain road tax stickers. The stickers are available only at tax offices. SUNDAY -The government is to announce the outcome of negotiations with International Airline Solutions (IAS) on the sale of a majority stake in Olympic Airways.