NEWS

This Week

Monday Prime Minister Costas Simitis meets with his Lebanese counterpart, Rafiq Hariri, in Athens. Tuesday Independence Day. – Meeting of senior representatives of the EU-LAC (Latin American and Caribbean countries) in Athens. Wednesday Prime Minister Simitis addresses European Parliament on the conclusions of last week’s EU Spring Summit. – Hellenic Banks’ Association (EET) holds a general meeting at the Hotel Grand Bretagne. Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis and National Bank of Greece Governor Theodoros Karatzas will attend. – Athens 2004 Organizing Committee chief Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki and Education Minister Petros Efthymiou present educational program «Adopt a Sport.» – Foreign Minister George Papandreou to brief Parliament on the war in Iraq. Thursday British Minister for International Trade Baroness Symons heads a trade mission in Athens. – Ministerial meeting of EU-Rio Group linking all Latin American countries. To Friday. – Meeting of the EU-Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay) cooperation council in Athens. To Friday. – State hospital doctors in Athens and Piraeus stage a work stoppage from noon to 3 p.m., demanding more money and that the new hospital in Haidari, western Attica, operate as a state hospital. – Merchant Marine Minister Giorgos Anomeritis to chair the EU Marine Ministers meeting in Brussels. To Friday. – Transport Minister Christos Verelis to chair a EU transport ministers meeting in Brussels. Telecommunications and energy will top the agenda. To Friday. – EU conference on mental health, in Athens. To Saturday. – Contemporary Art Fair «Art Athina 2003» opens at the Helexpo fairground in Maroussi. To Monday. Friday EU ministers of interior, justice and public order hold an informal meeting in Veria, northern Greece, on justice and home affairs. To Saturday. International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) holds a two-day meeting at Krya Vrysi, Yiannitsa, in the prefecture of Pella. Representatives of all EU member states will discuss the development and prospects of organic farming. Tel. 210.822.4384. – Ruling party PASOK organizes a conference, as part of the Greek EU presidency, on issues such as the results of the EU Spring Summit, the «Lisbon strategy» for economic and development, and social reform. PM Simitis and senior ministers will speak. At National Bank of Greece HQ. Saturday Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou travels to the USA. – Greek Social Forum holds a demonstration in Veria to coincide with the EU ministers’ meeting. – Political party youth organizations hold an anti-war concert at Syntagma Square, Athens. Sunday Clocks move forward by one hour as summer time begins. – Anti-war demonstration in Hania, Crete, at 11 a.m. and then at nearby Souda Bay US naval support facility.