Monday Economy, Competitiveness and Merchant Marine Minister Louka Katseli to meet with the General Confederation of Small Businesses and Traders (GSEVEE) at the ministry’s offices on Mesogeion Avenue at noon. Construction company AEGEK and cement firm Heracles to hold extraordinary shareholders’ meetings. Athens Traders Association’s Market Observatory to hold a press conference on «Commercial Activity and Real Estate in Crisis: Perspectives» starting at 12.30 p.m. at the Foreign Press Association’s offices (23 Academias). Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry to host a conference on «Economic Crisis: Proposals for Recovery,» to take place at 11 a.m. at the chamber’s premises (7-9 Academias). Piraeus Bank Chairman Michalis Sallas and former Deputy Foreign Minister Petros Doukas to speak. For further information, visit www.aaci.gr. University of Patra to host a conference titled «From Genes to Treatment,» starting at 1.30 p.m. at its campus. For details, log on to www.upatras.gr. Doctors at the Florina prefecture hospital to begin an open-ended strike demanding greater staff numbers. Photography exhibition «Axios River: Environmental Advantages of the River and its Protection» to open at 7.30 p.m. at Macedonia Airport in Thessaloniki. The exhibition will run through to January 24. Minister of Culture and Tourism Pavlos Geroulanos to meet with the National Archaeological Council to discuss the council’s priorities for 2010. Zappeio Hall in Athens will be hosting a series of Christmas activities from December 18 to January 6. Events include theater performances, live music and carols, while children can also enjoy a carousel ride. Tuesday Greek participants in the Gaza Freedom March to hold a press conference at Foreign Press Association’s offices at midday. Wednesday Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou to address Parliament on the state budget. Lawmakers to vote on 2010 government budget. On December 23, 28, 29 and 30, the Eugenides Foundation (387 Syngrou) will be hosting an interactive program for young and old, titled «The Science of Christmas,» including experiments and activities on festive themes. Activities start 1.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. For details, call 210.946.9600 or log on to www.eugenfound.edu.gr. Marfin Egnatia Bank and Marfin Popular Bank to hold extraordinary shareholders’ meetings. Friday Public holiday. Athens stock and derivatives markets closed.