NEWS

This Week

Monday PM Costas Simitis and Justice Minister Philippos Petsalnikos visit new headquarters of the State Audit Council. New Democracy leader Costas Karamanlis is guest of honor at Foreign Press Association luncheon. At the Caravel Hotel, 1.15 p.m. Foreign Minister George Papandreou visits Istanbul. Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou meets with FYROM counterpart Vlado Bukovski, in Athens. Interior Minister Costas Skandalidis to hold news conference on the issue of centers for citizen assistance. Health Minister Costas Stefanis and deputy Ektoras Nasiokas hold a press conference at the Health Ministry. Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis to meet with representatives of Civil Servants’ Union (ADEDY) for talks on salary increases. Cypriot government spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides visits Athens. Tuesday Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi pays official visit to Greece. To Wednesday. Chairman of the IOC’s Coordination Commission, Denis Oswald, is due in Athens to inspect progress on Olympic works. To Thursday. Employees at state-owned oil refiner Hellenic Petroleum (ELPE) stage a 24-hour strike opposing the company’s merger with Petrola. 29th anniversary of the coup by Greek Cypriots that overthrew President Makarios. Wednesday Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios to visit the eastern Aegean islands of Lemnos and Aghios Efstratios. To July 21. Thursday Greek-Cypriots are to hold a demonstration at Eleftherias Sq in Nicosia condemning the Turkish invasion and occupation of the island. Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos will speak. National Committee for Social Protection meets to discuss the National Action Plan for Social Integration. Labor Minister Dimitris Reppas will attend. The meeting takes place at the Zappeion Hall. Protesters against proposals for more flexible work hours to stage demonstration at Omonia Square at 6.30 p.m. Unions of employees in local government POE and OTA stage a four-hour work stoppage from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., opposing government’s draft bill for part-time work in the public sector. At 12 noon, they will demonstrate outside the Interior Ministry. Sunday 29th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.