MONDAY In preparation for the Easter holiday, stores are set to remain open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. this Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 1 to 7 p.m. on Good Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Easter Saturday. Transport Minister Dimitris Reppas holds a press conference at 12.30 p.m. on unprofitable air routes. Defense Minister Evangelos Venizelos begins a visit to Russia. He is expected to meet with his Russian counterpart Anatoliy Eduardovich Serdyukov and attend talks on bilateral cooperation on defense and security issues. Venizelos will also meet with Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kyrillos. The Pan-Hellenic Association of Privately Operated Vehicle Inspection Centers (KTEO) is holding a conference titled «Upgrading or Underestimating the role of KTEO,» starting at 11 a.m. at the B&M Theocharakis Foundation for the Visual Arts and Music (9 Vas. Sophias & 1 Merlin). For details, call 210.340.7802. The American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Consulate General of the United States in Thessaloniki, is organizing a discussion titled «Greece in the Visa Waiver Program,» starting at 1.30 p.m. at the premises of the US Consulate General (473 Tsimiski, Thessaloniki). US Counsul General in Thessaloniki Catherine Kay will participate. General Secretary for Sports Panos Bitsaxis is set at 6.30 p.m. to hand over legendary runner Spyros Louis’s 1896 Athens Olympic Games gold medal to the Museum of the Marathon Run in Marathonas (Ikostis Pemptis Martiou & Marathonos), in preparation of the museum’s inauguration. TUESDAY The Union of Prefectural Authorities of Greece (ENAE) is meeting to discuss the Kallikratis Plan, which proposes that the 76 prefectures of Greece be replaced by 13 larger regions. Thessaloniki Prefect Panayiotis Psomiadis and the President of the Black Sea Center Constantinos Adamidis organize an event to welcome the orphaned children from Georgia that are to be housed by the Aghia Veroniki Orphanage in Halkidiki. The children will receive gifts and Easter candles at 1.30 p.m. Unicef in Greece is organizing an Easter bazaar, presenting its new spring collection of gifts and items. Held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., the three-day bazaar will run through Good Friday, April 1. There will also be a photo exhibition featuring the good work done by the organization around the world and most recently in Haiti. Call 210.725.5555 or log on to Greek Council for Refugees is holding a conference titled «EU Dublin II Regulation: Application, Issues and Perspectives» taking place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Titania Hotel. Call 210.332.0000 or log on to FRIDAY Good Friday……………………………… SUNDAY Easter Holiday………………………………

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