ECONOMY

Agenda

MONDAY Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis and Ilkka Laitinen, the executive director of Frontex, the European Union agency for external border security, are scheduled to sign an agreement to set up an operational office in Piraeus for Frontex at 5 p.m. The event will take place at the Economy and Merchant Marine Ministry’s building at Akti Vassiliadi in Piraeus. Agricultural Development and Food Minister Katerina Batzeli is set to visit the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos. At 1.30 p.m. she will hold a press conference and at 7.30 p.m. she is scheduled to have talks with representatives of the island’s women’s cooperatives. The Kalami Nautical Sports Club’s 17th Sidonia 2010 festival of sporting events starts at Psari Forada beach in Iraklio, Crete. Participants include athletes from the island and around Greece. The program lasts seven days and includes theater, music and dance events. «Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Management-Marketing-Economic Aspects,» an annual international conference, starts at the St George Lycabettus Hotel in Kolonaki. Organized by the Athens Institute for Education and Research, the four-day conference runs through Thursday. For reservations or further information, log on to www.atiner.gr. General Secretary for Sports Panos Bitsaxis will be at the Tomb of Marathon at 8 p.m. for the official reception of runner Maria Polyzou, as she is schedule to complete her re-enactment of Pheidippides’ 490 BC run, from Athens to Sparta and back, totaling 541 kilometers. The event is organized by the Municipality of Marathon. Synaspismos Euro MP Nikos Hountis is scheduled to begin a two-day visit to the prefectures of Imathia and Pieria in central Macedonia. TUESDAY Labor Minister Andreas Loverdos will present newly built accommodation for workers constructed by the Workers’ Housing Organization (OEK) at an official ceremony in Iraklio, Crete. THURSDAY The Greek Committee for International Detente and Peace (EEDYE) will hold an event to commemorate of the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the Second World War in Japan, at the Acropolis at 7.30 p.m. A march to Syntagma Square will follow. The third international conference of Magnesia communities in Greece and abroad starts at the University of Thessaly. Organized by the Prefecture of Magnesia in collaboration with the University of Thessaly and the Metropolis of Demetrias, the two-day conference aims to promote the region and its products. The 2013 Mediterranean Games, among other topics, will be the subject of discussion at the prefectural offices, along with various educational and cultural issues. The conference will run through Friday. For further information, log on to www.sae-europe.eu. FRIDAY IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations, is set to host a local conference titled «Open Access to Science Information: Trends, Models and Strategies for Libraries,» at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Hania, starting at 9.30 a.m. and running through Sunday. The 76th IFLA general conference and assembly, titled «Open Access to Knowledge – Promoting Sustainable Progress,» is scheduled to take place on August 10-15 in Sweden. For further information, log on to www.ifla-sat-chania.com. A global conference for young people from or with roots in Florina starts at 6 p.m. at the Municiple Cultural Center of Florina, set to run until Sunday. There will be delegates from Australia, Canada and Europe. For more information, log on to www.florina.gr. SATURDAY An unprecedented event, featuring 200,000 dancers in a 200,000-meter-long dance line, aiming to promote world peace and solidarity, is expected to take place today on the island of Crete. Starting at 8 p.m. and stretching from the prefecture of Hania all the way to Aghios Nikolaos, an extensive line of dancers will be inviting the general public to become a part of their chain with the aim of transmitting a message of peace and friendship around the world. The event is organized by nonprofit cultural organization Crete Planet. For further details, log on to www. 200000.gr.