NEWS

This week

Monday Foreign Minister George Papandreou to meet secretary-general of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, in Athens. Fifty women Euro-deputies meet at Acropolis to sign Women’s Declaration for Peace. Afterward, they are to attend an extraordinary meeting of the European Parliament’s Committee for Women’s Rights and Equal Opportunities, headed by its president, Anna Karamanou, at the Foreign Ministry. Foreign Minister Papandreou will attend. Athens Bar Association holds a conference on «The Role of Judge in the Era of Globalization.» At Athens Bar Association offices, 60 Academias. Tel. 210.339.8270. Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou to meet with Archbishop of America, Demetrios, in New York. Finnish Embassy in Athens is holding a seminar on Greece-Cyprus and Turkish issues. At the Finnish Embassy, 1 Eratosthenous, Athens. Tel. 210.701.0444. Thessaloniki Women’s Group holds an open discussion on «Illegal Trafficking in Children and Women,» at Macedonia Labor Institute. Tel. 6944.744096. European Parliament’s Socialist Group holds a meeting in Athens. Talks will focus on the war in Iraq, the EU crisis and its role in the region’s reconstruction after the war. PM Costas Simitis, Foreign Minister Papandreou, PASOK General Secretary Costas Laliotis and other top government officials will attend. The meeting will take place at the Divani Apollon Palace Hotel in Vouliagmeni. To Thursday. EU’s Committee of the Regions to hold a conference on «European Government and the Role of Local and Regional Authorities – For a Better Law.» Parliament Speaker Apostolos Kaklamanis, Interior Minister Costas Skandalidis and Education Minister Petros Efthymiou will attend. At the Ilioupolis conference hall, 86-88 Marinou Antypa. Tuesday Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou to meet with his American counterpart, Donald Rumsfeld, and US National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice in Washington to discuss US-EU and US-UN relations. Summer opening hours come into effect. Stores are to stay open until 9 p.m. from Monday to Friday and until 6 p.m. on Saturday. Wednesday Hazlis & Rivas Co Ltd, the official representative for Greece and Cyprus at The Economist Conference, to hold a round-table discussion on «Leadership Strategy for the Reinforcement of Euro-Atlantic Relations.» Bulgarian PM Simeon Saxe-Coburg, Albanian PM Fatos Nano, Romanian PM Adrian Nastase, former US Vice President Al Gore, NATO Secretary-General Lord George Robertson, EU foreign and security policy chief Javier Solana and other top officials will attend. At the Astir Hotel in Vouliagmeni. To Friday. Tel. 210.940.8750-2. Defense Minister Papantoniou visits Texas to take delivery of the first upgraded F-16 aircraft Greece has ordered from the USA. European Deputy and Luxembourg’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacques Poos to be awarded an honorary doctorate in law by Athens University. The award ceremony will be held at Athens University. Thursday Civil servants are to stage a 24-hour strike in protest at the war in Iraq. The General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE) will stage a four-hour work stoppage, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the same reason. Public transport workers are not expected to join in. Defense Minister Papantoniou to speak at a conference organized by the Foreign Policy Association in New York. Friday he is to visit Boston to lecture at Harvard University. State hospital doctors in Athens and Piraeus stage a three-hour work stoppage, from noon to 3 p.m., demanding better pay. Communist Party (KKE) to hold an anti-war demonstration at Syntagma Sq. Communist Party General Secretary Aleka Papariga will speak, while later there will be a march to the US Embassy. Friday State hospital doctors in Athens and Piraeus to stage a 24-hour strike demanding better pay. EU finance ministers hold an informal meeting in Athens. To Sunday. Anti-war demonstration at Souda Bay US naval support facility, in Hania, Crete. Sunday Annual Round of Athens race in city center, organized by City Hall.