NEWS

This Week

Monday Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios to speak at a conference on «Values and Principles for the Building of Europe,» organized by the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece. The conference ends tomorrow. Development Minister Akis Tsochadzopoulos to meet Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia government officials in Skopje, to discuss cooperation in the field of energy. He will then fly to Iraklion, Crete, to address a two-day conference his ministry is organizsing, as part of the Greek EU Presidency, on «EU Transport Policy and the Competitiveness of European Tourism.» Constantine Karamanlis Foundation holds a conference on «Piraeus: International Maritime Center – A European Perspective,» at the Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Amnesty International, in cooperation with the Greek Human Rights Association, to hold a conference on «Political Asylum in Greece in the Shadow of September 11 and the Attack on Iraq.» At the Athens Bar Association, 60 Academias. For further information, tel 210.360.0628. 29th Conference of Community and European Affairs Committees of EU Parliaments will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Athens. PM Costas Simitis, Foreign Minister George Papandreou and Public Order Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis will attend. To tomorrow. PASOK MP for Pieria Pantelis Tsertikidis, a 47-year-old architect, to be sworn in as deputy public order minister. Greek Federation of Bank Employees’ Unions (OTOE), in cooperation with Uni Europa Finance, to hold a two-day conference on «Corporate and Social Responsibility and European Policies for Collective Negotiations.» National Bank of Greece governor Theodoros Karatzas, Deputy Labor Minister Rovertos Spyropoulos, GSEE President Christos Polyzogopoulos and European Commissioner Anna Diamandopoulou will attend. At the Caravel Hotel. To Tuesday. For further information, tel 210.364.7589. James L. Jones, Supreme Allied Commander of Europe (SACEUR), visits Athens. The International Broadcasting Center (IBC) will be handed over to the Athens 2004 Organizing Committee. The ceremony will be attended by Prime Minister Costas Simitis, Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos and Athens 2004 President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki. The Foreign Ministry, in cooperation with the International Relations Institute (IDIS), to hold a conference, as part of the Greek EU Presidency, on «The Contribution of Civil Society to the European Union’s Development Policy.» Foreign Minister George Papandreou and the European commissioner for development and humanitarian aid, Poul Nielson, will be the keynote speakers. At the Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel. To tomorrow. The European Commission, in cooperation with the Interior Ministry’s General Secretariat for Equality, to hold a conference, as part of the Greek EU Presidency, on «Gender and the Information Society.» Interior Minister Costas Skandalidis, Labor Minister Dimitris Reppas, European Commissioner Anna Diamandopoulou and the president of the European Parliament’s Committee for Women’s Rights and Equal Opportunities, Anna Karamanou, will speak. To tomorrow. Tuesday The Environment Ministry, in cooperation with the World Bank, to hold a conference on «Sustainable Development and Peace.» To Wednesday. Prime Minister Costas Simitis visits Tallinn, Estonia as part of his tour of European capitals as EU president. Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos to attend the EU culture ministers’ meeting in Brussels. Wednesday Prime Minister Costas Simitis visits Riga, Latvia, and Vilnius, Lithuania, as part of his tour of European capitals as EU president. Development Minister Akis Tsochadzopoulos and the European commissioner responsible for health and consumer protection, David Byrne, to inaugurate the European Consumer Center. The ceremony is to take place at the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Thursday Prime Minister Costas Simitis pays a visit to Warsaw as part of his tour of European capitals as EU president. EU deputy sports ministers to meet at the Zappeion Mansion, Athens. To Friday. Justice Minister Philippos Petsalnikos travels to Brussels to attend an EU justice ministers’ meeting. Friday Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to visit Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus. Athens and Piraeus municipalities to hold two-day cultural events on the occasion of Europe Day. Prime Minister Costas Simitis visits Budapest as part of his tour of European capitals as EU president. Saturday Second festival of African gastronomy and folk art opens in the gardens of the South African ambassador’s residence in Palaio Psychico, Athens. To tomorrow. For further information, tel 210.617.8045.