NEWS

This Week

Monday Prime Minister Costas Simitis, as EU president, attends Group of Eight summit at the French spa town of Evian. – IOC Coordination Committee head Denis Oswald begins visit to inspect 2004 Olympics progress. To Wednesday. – Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyianni to meet with Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara. – AGM of the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank in Thessaloniki. – Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou speaks on «European Defense and the Defense Industry» at a dinner organized by five bilateral business chambers (Greek-US, Greek-French, Greek-British, Greek-Italian and Greek-German). At Thessaloniki’s Hyatt Hotel, 8.30 p.m. – Suzanne Mubarak, director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and wife of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to speak at 12.30 p.m. at the Athens Concert Hall at the opening of an exhibition of Fayum portraits. – Third World Press Meeting is held in Kavouri, Athens. – Athens’s Goethe Institute hosts three-day conference on «Libraries in the Service of the Citizen.» To Thursday. – Chairman of Greece’s chiefs of staff, Gen. Giorgos Antonakopoulos, pays an official visit to Israel. To tomorrow. – Foreign Ministry and US Agency for International Development hold a conference, «Designs for a Democratic Media in Iraq.» Astir Palace Hotel, tel 210.890.2000. – Foreign Ministry and Kerkyra Publications hold a conference, «From Postwar Europe to Greek EU Presidency: The Stable Course of Old Europe toward its Integration.» Alternate Foreign Minister Tassos Yiannitsis and former PM Georgios Rallis will attend. At Kerkyra Publications, 6-8 Vlahava Street, tel 210.331.4714. – «New EU Borders» festival features Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania at Technopolis in Athens, tel 210.345.3548. Tuesday Foreign Minister George Papandreou attends NATO’s spring summit in Madrid. – International conference on «Shipping and Fuels,» organized by the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA), opens at the Astir Hotel in Vouliagmeni. To Thursday. – Athens 2004 Organizing Committee President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki and IOC Coordination Commission Chairman Denis Oswald to speak at the Third World Press Meeting at Kavouri, Athens. – Greek Red Cross holds a press conference on «The Red Cross’s European Campaign for Road Safety,» at the Henri Dunant Hospital. Wednesday General Secretariat of Greeks Abroad holds a conference on «Greece’s Experience of Immigration.» Novotel Hotel, tel 210.2526825. – Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry holds a conference on «Black Sea Economic Cooperation (OSEP): 10 Years of Business Cooperation.» Tel. 210.338.2242. – Men’s World Open Beach Volley Championship begins on Rhodes. To Sunday. Thursday PM Simitis visits Rome as part of his tour to EU capitals. – Communist-led PAME movement holds rally at 7 p.m. in Syntagma Square to protest at layoffs. Similar rallies are to to be held in central Thessaloniki and Patras. – Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou visits the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Friday PM Costas Simitis visits Paris. – St Catherine’s British Embassy School and Heather Saunders organize a charity evening in support of the Brig. Stephen Saunders Language Resource Room at the Vorres Museum, Paeania, at 9 p.m. Tickets 50 euros each. Tel. Helen Crockett on 6937.608058. Sunday Museums and archaeological sites will be closed because of a guards’ strike.