NEWS

This Week

Monday Cabinet is sworn at 11 a.m. PM Costas Simitis chairs first meeting of new Cabinet at noon. Summer sales begin. To August 31. The Constantine Karamanlis Foundation holds a conference on «Economy and State,» at Zappeion’s Aigli restaurant. Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis and New Democracy MP Giorgos Alogoskoufis will attend. Conference on «Olympic Games and International Relations» organized by International Relations Institute and Athens 2004 Organizing Committee, at Margi Hotel, Vouliagmeni, 10 a.m. Representatives of Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot parties meet in Strasbourg at invitation of European Council’s Secretary-General Walter Schwimmer. Talks will focus on Cyprus issue and its resolution. Merchant Marine Council convenes to discuss safety and navigational issues. «Piraeus: Themistocles’ Port – From Ancient Times to Modern Greece,» exhibition opens at the Piraeus Port Authority (OLP). Democratic Social Movement (DHKKI) leader Dimitris Tsovolas holds a press conference on political developments at the party’s headquarters, 9 Halkokondyli St. 35th International Chemistry Olympiad is held in Athens. To July 14. Northern Greece’s Advertising Union holds a photo exhibition titled «Photo Business.» Through July 18. Tuesday Cypriot Defense Minister Koulis Mavronikolas is due in Athens to meet with his Greek counterpart Yiannos Papantoniou. To July 10. UNHCR in Athens in cooperation with Public Order Ministry holds a two-day seminar in Kalamata on «Protection of Refugees in Greece – Principles of Refugees Law.» Deputy Representative of UNHCR in Athens Bart Leerschool will attend. To Wednesday. Wednesday PM Simitis chairs a meeting of PASOK’s newly elected Executive Bureau. Employees of the Public Power Corporation (PPC) are to begin a 48-hour strike. Thursday President Costis Stephanopoulos to award Press Ministry prizes to overseas Greek journalists and mass media. The award ceremony will take place at Zappeion Hall. Annual conference of journalists begins on northern Aegean island of Samothrace. This year the topic is «2004 Olympic Games.» Athens 2004 Organizing Committee President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki and Deputy Culture Minister Giorgos Lianis will attend. To Sunday. Seventh Men’s Junior World Basketball Championships begins. To July 20. Friday Environmental festival titled «Feasts of the Earth» opens in Thessaloniki and will run until July 20. It is organized by the Association for Environmental Research. Saturday Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos is due to return to Cyprus after medical tests in the United States.