NEWS

This Week

PASOK’s newly elected Central Committee meets to elect the ruling party’s new Executive Bureau and to elect outgoing Public Works Minister Costas Laliotis as the party’s new secretary-general. – The US State Department’s special coordinator for Cyprus, Thomas Weston, visits Ankara for talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem. – Exhibition on Byzantine Hours – Works and Days of Byzantium, at Athens’s Byzantine Museum opens. – The British Council organizes a conference on Medical Postgraduate Studies in Britain, at the British Council conference hall in Thessaloniki. TUESDAY Prime Minister Costas Simitis expected to announce Cabinet reshuffle. – Newly elected PASOK Executive Bureau to meet. – Special Cyprus Coordinator Thomas Weston to visit Athens. WEDNESDAY Foreign Minister George Papandreou pays official working visit to Hungary. – On the occasion of UN Day, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Greece holds a press conference on the latest developments in the Afghan refugee crisis, as well as on Greek government and private efforts to help. At the UNHCR office, 23 Taygetou St., Palaio Psychico, at 12.30 p.m. – Attica taxi drivers’ union (SATA) is holding a 24-hour strike, protesting at the Transport Ministry’s refusal to allow them to charge higher fares. – Greek Journalists’ Union (ESIEA) meets to discuss possible strike action in protest at journalists’ dismissals from newspapers and radio stations. THURSDAY US envoy Thomas Weston visits Cyprus. – European Commission President Romano Prodi and commissioner Guenter Verheugen, who is responsible for enlargement, are also due in Cyprus. – Foreign Minister Papandreou begins a two-day visit to Morocco to take part in the 11-member Mediterranean Forum. To Friday. FRIDAY Thessaloniki celebrates the anniversary of its liberation from the Turks in 1912. President Costis Stephanopoulos will attend. SATURDAY President Stephanopoulos to visit the town of Pella, west of Thessaloniki. SUNDAY Greece commemorates Ochi Day, the day in 1940 when the country rejected an Italian ultimatum and thus entered World War II on the side of the Allies.