NEWS

This Week

Monday Monitoring Committee for Greece’s plan for Balkan Economic Reconstruction meets in Thessaloniki. Deputy Foreign Minister Andreas Loverdos to attend. State hospital doctors across Attica stage a 24-hour strike demanding higher pay and that the new Attikon Hospital in Haidari, western Attica, operate as a state hospital. Board of Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry holds a general meeting. National Bank of Greece Governor Theodoros Karatzas will attend. Justice Minister Philippos Petsalnikos visits the new building of the Administrative Court of First Instance in Thessaloniki. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Panayiotis Harvalas pays an official visit to Sweden. To Thursday. Journalists at Avriani daily to stage a 24-hour strike demanding the signing of a collective labor agreement. Culture Ministry and International Forum of Religions and Cultures to present the program of the second International Meeting of Religions and Cultures on «Ecumenism and Culture in the Era of Globalization: The Roads To Peace,» that will be held on May 2 in Nicosia, Cyprus. Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos will speak. At the Byzantine Museum in Athens. Easter shopping hours in effect, meaning shops will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. this week. Athens Stock Exchange to remain closed due to Easter holiday for which other European bourses have closed. Tuesday Prime Minister Costas Simitis visits Helsinki and Stockholm as part of his tour of EU capitals as EU president. New Metro extension from Syntagma to Monastiraki opens, linking Line 3 (from Ethniki Amynis) to Line 1 (linking Kifissia-Piraeus) at Monastiraki station. Bank of Greece shareholders hold a general meeting at its headquarters in Athens. Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Magriotis visits Stavropol, in southern Russia, to hand over humanitarian aid to earthquake victims. Greek Women’s Union holds an anti-war rally at 5.30 p.m. outside the British and US embassies to express solidarity with women and children in Iraq. Ministerial Troika for Justice and Home Affairs to meet with countries of Western Balkans in Thessaloniki at the Macedonia Palace Hotel. Justice Minister Philippos Petsalnikos and Public Order Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis to attend. To Wednesday. Interior Ministry holds a conference on e-government at the Intercontinental Hotel. Interior Minister Costas Skandalidis will speak. Wednesday Prime Minister Simitis visits Copenhagen. Australian Embassy commemorates Anzac Day at 11 a.m. at the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Alimos. Thursday Athens traffic restrictions are raised for Easter weekend. Through Monday. Friday Orthodox Good Friday. Athens Stock Exchange closed. Sunday Orthodox Easter.