TUESDAY Economy and Finance Minister Yiannis Papathanassiou is expected to meet with representatives of the National Confederation of Greek Commerce (ESEE) at 10.30 a.m. The minister is then scheduled to meet with representatives of the public sector workers’ union, ADEDY, at 1.30 p.m. before addressing an event organized by Helexpo at the Hotel Grande Bretagne in central Athens at 8 p.m. The European Commission’s sustainable development awards to Greek businesses are to be presented at the Gaia Center (100 Othonos, Kifissia) at 7 p.m. Recipients are Vodafon-Panafon, Aktor, Aldemar Hotels & Spa, Frigoglass, Piscines Ideales, Central Greece Proteins and Christoforos Keridis Techniki Emporiki. Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis holds a press conference to present the «Exikonomo» program on good practices for improving the energy efficiency of municipalities. At the Development Ministry’s amphitheater (119 Mesogeion, Athens), at 10.30 a.m. WEDNESDAY Launch of the book «Women Above All: Guide to Breast Cancer» published by the Panhellenic Association of Women with Breast Cancer and Dioptra Publishing. At Ianos bookstore (24 Stadiou), at 12.30 p.m. Electrical equipment retailer Ideal is scheduled to hold an extraordinary shareholders’ meeting at 11 a.m. Eurobank scheduled to announce full-year 2008 earnings. THURSDAY Launch of a guide for journalists titled «The Media and Children’s Rights.» At the General Secretariat for Information’s press bureau (11 Frangoudi, Kallithea), 9.30 a.m. Haralambos Yerakitis will hold a press conference about a new political party titled «New 21st Century» at the Foreign Press Association (23 Academias), at noon. FRIDAY Lecture by Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov, permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the European Union, on «Russia-EU Relations: Promoting a Strategic Partnership.» Held by the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). At the Foreign Ministry (1 Academias), at 1 p.m. The 5th Panhellenic Conference and Workshop for Conference and Business Tourism starts at the Grand Hotel Palace in Thessaloniki focusing on «Strategies for Regional Development of Conference Tourism in Times of Depression.» Further information on the two-day event is available at Helexpo holds a three-day Detrop exhibition in Thessaloniki on food, drinks and kitchen equipment. Further information and registration details available at

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