NEWS

This Week

Monday Foreign Minister George Papandreou attends a General Affairs Council meeting in Brussels. Professional truck drivers begin 48-hour strike, in protest at being branded «killers» after 21 schoolchildren aboard a bus were killed in an accident at Tempe in April. Deputy Foreign Minister Andreas Loverdos begins a three-day visit to Albania, Serbia and Montenegro to evaluate progress in Greece’s Balkan Program. To Wednesday. Health Minister Costas Stefanis visits Thessaloniki. Deputy Health Minister Ektoras Nasiokas visits Karpenisi, in the Evrytania prefecture, to inaugurate four new hospital units. New Democracy’s shadow public works minister Savvas Tsitouridis visits Evia to inspect earthquake damage. Tuesday PM Costas Simitis visits Grevena to inaugurate the new regional hospital. Deputy Finance Minister Christos Pachtas to chair a meeting on the Third Community Support Framework, in Hania, Crete. ND honorary chairman and former Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis and Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis will attend. Deputy Finance Minister Nikos Farmakis to meet with representatives of the Panhellenic Confederation of Police Officers (POASY). Agriculture Minister Giorgos Drys to attend EU agriculture ministers meeting in Brussels. Athens 2004 Organizing Committee to sign the agreement on the catering program for the Olympic and Paralympic Village with ARAMARK joint venture. Wednesday Civil Aviation Authority (YPA) staff to begin a three-day strike over pay and bonuses. To Friday. New Democracy leader Costas Karamanlis to meet with representatives of Attica organizations and agencies to discuss issues related to the Attica region. Cultural Center, Pefki Municipality, at 7 p.m. Friday Deputy Finance Ministry Apostolos Fotiadis visits Kavala prefecture to meet staff at PASOK local offices.