NEWS

This Week

Monday Trial begins of 19 suspected members of the November 17 terrorist organization, at Korydallos Prison women’s wing. Support groups will demonstrate outside at 9 a.m. Prime Minister Costas Simitis visits Alexandroupolis to inaugurate the newly built regional hospital. Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou visits London. He is to meet with his British counterpart, Geoffrey Hoon, to discuss initiatives and priorities of the EU Greek presidency on defense issues. Foreign Minister George Papandreou visits Qatar for an EU-Gulf Cooperation Council meeting. French Justice Minister Dominique Perben in Athens. He will meet with his Greek counterpart, Philippos Petsalnikos, to discuss EU Greek presidency priorities on justice issues. Development Minister Akis Tsochadzopoulos chairs a meeting of the Competitiveness Council in Brussels. Macedonia-Thrace Minister Giorgos Paschalidis to inaugurate the Expo House in Thessaloniki. Greek Postal Service (ELTA) to present stamps for 2003 and the Special Edition Olympic Stamps at the National Bank of Greece headquarters, 82-84 Aeolou Street. UNESCO goodwill ambassador and president of the Elpida Association, Marianna Vardinoyianni, to hold a press conference on «Second European Legal Summit.» Justice Minister Philippos Petsalnikos and French Justice Minister Dominique Perben will attend. Tel. 210.809.4419. Tuesday Cyprus’s National Council to discuss UN proposal for reunification deal by March 10. Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou to address a conference at the London School of Economics on «European Security and the New International Challenges.» Wednesday EU Troika and China discuss human rights, in Athens. Merchant Marine Minister Giorgos Anomeritis to meet with Transport and Energy Commissioner Loyola de Palacio and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General William O’Neil to discuss maritime transport. Thursday Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos to visit Athens for talks with PM Simitis. The Foreign Ministry, together with the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction, to hold a two-day international conference on drugs. Foreign Minister Papandreou will make the opening address. To Saturday. Friday Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis to chair an ECOFIN meeting in Brussels.