ECONOMY

Agenda

MONDAY Merchant Marine Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis begins a four-day visit to New York. To Friday. Education Minister Evripidis Stylianidis and Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis hold a joint press conference on «Digital Strategy for Education,» at 11 a.m. Labor Minister Fani Palli-Petralia to meet with the Athens Journalists’ Union (ESIEA) at 3 p.m. to resume talks on social security. Education Minister Evripidis Stylianidis to meet with the 2007 Nobel Laureate in Medicine Sir Martin J. Evans at 3 p.m. At 5 p.m. he will meet with the directors of the 16 Regional Training Centers (PEK) of the country. Development Minister Christos Folias to meet with Algerian Ambassador in Athens Ahmed Benyamina at 10 a.m. At 10.30 he will have talks with Russian Ambassador in Athens Andrey Vdovin. The leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), Alekos Alavanos, meets with the Panhellenic Railway Workers’ Federation (POS). TUESDAY The Hellenic Aerospace Industry and the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company hold a joint press conference at the Athens Hilton at noon. WEDNESDAY Unions and employers meet to discuss the new national collective labor agreement. Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis to present the goals of the National Strategic Reference Framework (ESPA) 2007-2013, at a conference in Nafplion. The fourth international Meetings and Incentives conference on «Market Knowledge Today – More Market Shares Tomorrow» starts at 8.30 a.m. at the Athinais conference center. To Thursday. Tel. 210.973.0697 or log on to www.imic2008.conferences.gr. The 22nd international fair on Agricultural Machinery, Equipment and Supplies, «Agrotica 2008,» opens its doors at the International Exhibition Center in Thessaloniki. Agriculture Minister Alexandros Kontos will open the exhibition. To Sunday. Tel. 2310-291.101 or log on to www.helexpo.gr. Livestock farmers to demonstrate at 12.30 p.m. outside the International Exhibition Center in Thessaloniki, where the 22nd «Agrotica 2008» fair is being held. Protesters are demanding farm subsidies and better prices for meat and milk. THURSDAY The Economist’s sixth banking forum on «The Banking Outlook for the Southeast European Region up to 2030,» begins at 9 a.m. at the Ledra Marriott Hotel in Athens. Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis and Athens Exchange (ATHEX) President Spyros Kapralos will speak. FRIDAY The Organization for the Certification & Inspection of Organic Products (DIO) hosts a conference on «Organic Agriculture in 2008,» starting at 3 p.m. at the International Exhibition Center in Thessaloniki. For details, log on to www.dionet.gr.