NEWS

This Week

Monday Civil Servants’ Federation (ADEDY) stages a 24-hour strike to press financial demands. Protest to be held outside the Finance Ministry. Air-traffic controllers are not on strike. Schiesser Pallas employees march to Parliament at 12.30 p.m. demanding that Palco underwear factory stay open. PM Costas Simitis meets with ministers to discuss funding from the Third Community Support Framework. PM Simitis meets with Athens 2004 Organizing Committee President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki. «The New Frontiers of the European Union» festival opens at the Technopolis. It is organized by the embassies of the new EU member states. Through June 6. Tel. 210.346.7322. Foreign Minister George Papandreou chairs an EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels. To tomorrow. EU Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler will meet with PM Simitis, ND leader Costas Karamanlis, deputies from 25 countries (current and future EU members), farmers’ representatives and Agriculture Ministry officials. European Commissioner Loyola de Palacio visits Athens. PM Simitis meets with Public Order Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis. Police Chief Lt. Gen. Fotis Nasiakos hosts a meeting of European police chiefs in Aghia Pelagia, Crete. To tomorrow. Patras University hosts an International conference on «Modern Trams and Urban Trains.» Tel. 2610.997.647. Institute for Health and Safety in Work (ELINYAE) organizes a European conference on «Methods for the Implementation of EU Directives in the Fields of Health and Safety at Work.» At the Dimikritos National Center for Research of Natural Sciences. The Turkish Embassy and consulates are closed to commemorate Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day. Tuesday President Costis Stephanopoulos visits Corfu and Paxos islands for commemoration of the Ionian islands’ union with Greece in 1864. To tomorrow. PM Simitis visits Ljubljana, Slovenia, as EU president. Senior high school exams begin. Euro-Mediterranean ministerial meeting for energy is held at the Astir Palace Hotel in Vouliagmeni. EU Commissioner Loyola de Palacio will attend. Labor Ministry organizes a three-day international conference in Ioannina on «The European Social Model and Social Protection Policies.» To Thursday. The consular corps hosts guest speaker Constantine Cartalis, Culture Ministry secretary-general for the Olympic Games, who will speak on «Preparing Greece for the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2004.» Holiday Inn. Tel. 210.800.3754. Wednesday European Commission to announce economic measures aimed at helping Turkish Cypriots. President of the Convention for the Future of Europe Giscard d’ Estaing is to visit Athens to discuss next month’s EU summit. To Thursday. Junior high school exams begin. Thursday PM Simitis visits London. Association of Greek Executive Officers (EASE) organizes a conference on «The Next Step in Management: Social Responsibility – Confidence and Competitive Advantage.» Francis Fukuyama, professor of international political economy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, will speak. At the Athenaeum Inter-Continental Hotel. Tel. 210.801.9444. EU-New Zealand Troika Meeting is held in Athens. Friday PM Simitis visits Dublin. World Economic Forum’s South-East Europe Meeting on «The European Prospect.» Business, political and other leaders will discuss issues such as the need to reinforce political stability and encourage economic development. Athenaeum Inter-Continental. To Saturday. SE European culture ministers meet in Thessaloniki. AHEPA Hellas holds conference on «Hellenism and Ecumenism.» Old Parliament. Tel. 210.721.8383. Saturday EU culture ministers hold informal meeting in Thessaloniki.