NEWS

This week

Monday Memorial service to mark seven years since the death of Andreas Papandreou, the founder of the governing Panhellenic Socialist Party (PASOK), will take place at Athens’s First Cemetery. Prime Minister Costas Simitis will attend. Foreign Minister George Papandreou meets with South African Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana D. Zuma at 11.30 a.m. Local Government Union (KEDKE), in cooperation with the Environment Ministry, holds a conference on «Environment and Public Health: Waste Management,» Environment Minister Vasso Papandreou, Interior Minister Costas Skandalidis and Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyianni will attend. At the Intercontinental Hotel. Athens Bar Association meets to discuss EU-US extradition mutual legal assistance pact. Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou visits Russia. He is to meet with his counterpart Sergei Ivanov, Duma Defense Committee Chairman Andrei Nikolaev and Duma President Guennadi Selezniov. Talks will focus on bilateral defense cooperation as well as EU-Russia and Russia-NATO relations. To Friday. Tuesday Government to present legislation for new development initiatives. Taxi drivers stage a 48-hour strike protesting against a Finance Ministry decision demanding cash registers in taxis, the issuing of receipts and keeping of accounts books by drivers. To Tuesday. EU foreign ministers meet in Luxembourg. Athens 2004 briefing on progress of Olympics ticketing program. At the Athens 2004 headquarters, Iolkou & Filikis Etairias, Nea Ionia. Culture Ministry in cooperation with the General Consulate of Greece in Naples presents painting exhibition on «Olympic Games – Five Rings: Competition, Solidarity, Culture, Hope and Peace,» At the Cycladic Art Museum. Through September15. Traffic on Poseidonos Avenue, in southern Athens, will be barred from the middle lane in both directions for eight days from today due to roadwork. The restrictions, at the Aghios Cosmas junction, will apply from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday EU-US summit in Washington. PM Simitis will meet with President George W. Bush. World Council of Greeks Abroad in cooperation with ministries of foreign affairs and culture hold the first Elliniada World Sports and Cultural Meeting of Young Greeks Abroad in Thessaloniki. Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Magriotis will make the opening speech. To Sunday. Agriculture Minister Giorgos Drys chairs an EU agriculture ministers meeting in Luxembourg in an effort to compromise on the revision of the Common Agricultural Policy. Thursday Council of appeals court judges convenes to discuss whether to order high-level investigations into accusations against telecoms tycoon Socrates Kokkalis and former examining magistrate Constantina Bourboulia. Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios visits Finland. «Exposec 2003 – International Security Event of Southeast Europe» opens at the Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel. Public Order Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis will speak. To Friday. Tel. 210.728.9000. Contract employees in public sector hold a demonstration in Athens demanding permanency. Ministerial conference on «The Promotion of Cooperation in the Domain of Research and Technological Development between the EU and Balkan Countries» is held in Thessaloniki. To Friday. Friday Athens Chamber of Industry and Commerce hosts conference on «The Future, Sustainability and the Role of Chambers in the New Economic and Technological Environment.» At the chamber’s offices, 7 Academias St. To Saturday. Foundation for the Development of Western Greece (INADE) in cooperation with ministries of culture and environment holds a conference on the development of Western Greece entitled «Bridges 2003.» Environment Minister Vasso Papandreou and Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos will be among the speakers. To Saturday. Tel. 210.339.2500. Sunday New Democracy Cairman Costas Karamanlis to present ND’s program for agriculture at a conference in Larissa.