ECONOMY

Agenda

MONDAY Athens buses, trolleys, the metro and the Piraeus-Kifissia urban electrical railway will be in operation only after 9 a.m. and up to 9 p.m. due to a new string of work stoppages. The tram will operate between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m, while the suburban railway will operate as normal. Shops and supermarkets will be closed all day after opening for business on Sunday, December 19. The Panhellenic Pharmaceutical Association is holding an extraordinary general meeting at its premises at 11 a.m. to discuss developments in the sector after its board’s meeting with the Health Minister last week. Hellenic Exchanges holds event at 10 a.m. marking the first trading day of the year at the Athens bourse. Hellenic Exchanges President Socrates Lazaridis to attend. President Karolos Papoulias to meet with political, military and religious representatives at noon, at the Presidential Mansion. TUESDAY Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) to host presentation on changes to city’s cultural map at its headquarters (10 Akti Miaouli, Piraeus) at noon. Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos among speakers. Shops in Athens, Piraeus and Thessaloniki return to normal trading hours after the end of the festive season. WEDNESDAY Buses in Athens will not operate from 12 noon until 4 p.m. due to a work stoppage. THURSDAY Epiphany Day: All shops and services are closed. Athens stock and derivatives markets also closed. Prime Minister George Papandreou will visit Paris to meet French President Nicolas Sarkozy and address a conference, before flying to Turkey in the evening. FRIDAY Prime Minister George Papandreou will meet with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Erzurum, eastern Turkey. They will both then launch open the annual conference of Turkey’s ambassadors around the world in the same city. The International Biogeography Society is holding its Fifth Biennial Conference in Iraklio on Crete, until January 11. Visit www.biogeography.org. National Statistics Service (NSS) publishes data on December new car permits. OPAP betting shops will be closed on Friday and Saturday due to a 48-hour strike.