NEWS

This Week

PM Costas Simitis meets with PM Silvio Berlusconi in Rome. European Commissioner Guenter Verheugen in Cyprus to brief Turkish Cypriots on EU aid. To Wednesday. Foreign Minister George Papandreou chairs General Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg. IKA doctors stage a three-day strike demanding permanency for contract employees. To Thursday. Employees at National First Aid Center (EKAB) stage four-hour work stoppage, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., demanding more pay and better working conditions. Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Magriotis visits Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. To Wednesday. Parliament to discuss New Democracy party’s call for a parliamentary investigation into the 1999 boom and bust on the Athens Stock Exchange. Poster exhibition on «Racism and Xenophobia: Action and Reaction» will be held at War Museum, organized by General Secretariat for Youth and the International Organization for Migration. To Thursday. Greek EU presidency and Council of Europe hold an international colloquy on «The Integration of the Roma into the Labor Market.» Divani Apollon Palace Hotel, Kavouri. To Wednesday. Wednesday PM Costas Simitis in Thessaloniki ahead of EU summit. Employees at the National First Aid Center (EKAB) stage work stoppage from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. European People’s Party holds a conference in Halkidiki on «The Future of Europe.» UNHCR’s representative in Greece, Robert White, holds press conference on the issues of child refugees and asylum. European Parliament offices, 8 Amalias Ave, 11 a.m. Thursday EU leaders’ summit at Porto Carras complex on Halkidiki peninsula. To Friday. European People’s Party meets, with 10 prime ministers and 60 party leaders attending. Communist Party of Greece hosts international conference of communist and labor parties on «Communists and the movements against war and globalization.» To Friday. Anti-globalization activists begin four days of protests, meetings and events in Thessaloniki. To June 22. Euro-Mediterranean Forum on Water is held in Athens. To Friday. Employees of the National First Aid Center (EKAB) stage a 24-hour strike. Friday Second day of EU summit. Anti-EU protest march at Neos Marmaras near summit is scheduled at 2 p.m. Civil servants’ federation stages 24-hour strike so members can attend anti-EU protests. Labor Ministry holds European conference on «Free Movement of Labor and the Coordination of Social Security Systems.» Meeting of European diasporas held by the Foreign Ministry, in Thessaloniki, with participants from every continent. Saturday Meeting of EU-Western Balkans leaders at Porto Carras. Protest march in Thessaloniki against the EU, NATO and the USA. Starts at 5 p.m. Sunday Foreign Minister Papandreou visits Amman, Jordan, representing the EU at the Quartet meeting trying to achieve a breakthrough on the Middle East issue.