NEWS

This week

Monday PM Costas Simitis chairs cabinet meeting evaluating Greece’s term as EU president. Earlier, Simitis will brief President Costis Stephanopoulos. EU Troika-China meeting in Athens. Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing will represent China, Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou and the EU’s foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, will represent the EU. News conference at 8 p.m. New Democracy leader Costas Karamanlis leaves for London, where he will speak at City University on «Greece in the new European framework.» Coordinating committee of immigrants’ organizations holds news conference to discuss problems in the procedure for processing residence permits. Today is the deadline for applications. At 57 Kanningos Square, 5th floor, 6.30 p.m. Transport Minister Christos Verelis and Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos to inaugurate the exhibition of the archaeological findings excavated in the area of Athens International Airport. At the airport, at 2 p.m. Foundation for Journalistic Studies and Research (IDME) holds a two-day conference on «Corruption in Mass Media and Its Social-Economic Repercussions.» Press Minister Christos Protopappas, Justice Minister Philippos Petsalnikos and Parliament Speaker Apostolos Kaklamanis will attend. At the Foreign Press Association, 23 Academias. To Tuesday. Supreme Court prosecutor Evangelos Kroustallakis’s term ends, as do those of 68 other senior judicial officials. University of Piraeus hosts a conference on «Support Plan for the Mentally Disabled in Piraeus.» Tel. 210.421.0096. European Commission’s Press and Communication General Director Panos Karvounis to speak at a luncheon on the progress of issues during Greece’s EU presidency. At the European Commission’s offices, 2 Vasilissis Sofias Ave., 1.30 p.m. Environment Ministry presents program on «Refurbishment and Maintainance of the Facades of Buildings in Olympic Areas.» University entrance exam results to be announced. Tuesday PM Simitis presents a summing up of Greece’s EU presidency to the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg. Thursday Shipowners’ Union (EEE) holds a press conference at union’s headquarters in Piraeus, 12 noon. Public Power Corporation (PPC) workers’ union (GENOP) stage a 24-hour strike opposing government proposals to open up the energy market. Employees at the state-owned oil refinery Hellenic Petroleum (ELPE) stage a 48-hour strike opposing the company’s merger with Petrola. To Friday. Saturday South-East European Research Center holds a conference on «The Greek Presidency’s Balkan-European Integration Process: Where Do We Go From Here?» Porto Carras Hotel in Halkidiki. Tel. 2310.253.477-8.