Monday Macedonia-Thrace Minister Stavros Kalafatis to speak on «Prospects for Turning the Crisis Into Opportunities in Northern Greece» at a dinner given by the Hellenic-American, Hellenic-British, Hellenic-French, German-Hellenic and Hellenic-Italian chambers of commerce, at 8.45 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Thessaloniki. Conference on «The World Economic Crisis and Global and Local Responses,» held by the British Embassy in cooperation with the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research, at the British Embassy Residence (2 Loukianou, Kolonaki, tel 210.727.2654/651). For more information, visit Public lecture by Professor Yu Xintian, director of the academic committee, Shanghai Institute for International Studies, held by the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). At the European Parliament office in Greece (8 Amalias, tel 210.725.7124) at 11.30 a.m. Economy Minister Yiannis Papathanassiou to meet exporters at the ministry at 11 a.m. At 5 p.m., the minister will take part in a panel discussion of «Brands, Communication, Media in Crisis» at the Athens Concert Hall (1 Kokkali & Vas. Sofias, tel 210.728.2333). Retailer Folli-Follie to announce 2008 full-year earnings. Thursday General 24-hour strike by the General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE). Piraeus Marine Club holds luncheon on «Global Crisis and Merchant Marine. Challenges and Perspectives» at its premises at 1.30 p.m. Merchant Marine Minister Anastassis Papaligouras to deliver keynote speech. Emporiki Bank and Terna Energy to hold annual general meeting. Bank of Cyprus to hold extraordinary meeting. Friday Conference on volunteerism at the old airport at Hellenikon, organized by the nongovernmental Roots Research Center. For details, call 6945.414.493. «Doing Business in Russia and Ukraine,» conference organized by Global Greece at the Stratos Vasilikos Hotel (114 Michalakopoulou) at 4 p.m. For information, log onto Public Debt Management Agency announcing amount for 26- and 52-week T-bills auction. Saturday «Doing Business in Russia and Ukraine,» conference organized by Global Greece at the Nikopolis Hotel (16-18 Asklipiou, Pylaia, Thessaloniki) at noon. For information, visit Deadline for registration for the Halki International Seminars 2009, which are focusing this year on «Current and Emerging Security Challenges in Europe’s Neighborhood: What Role for Transatlantic Institutions,» set to be held June 17-21 on the Dodecanese island of Halki. Download application form from www. «Ecotec 09: Environmental Technologies and Photovoltaic Systems» opens at Expo Athens in Anthousa, Attica, until April 6. For more information, visit or

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