NEWS

This Week

Prime Minister Costas Simitis pays an official visit to Bratislava, Slovakia, where he will hold talks with top government officials on bilateral issues and current affairs. -The president of the Athens 2004 organizing committee, Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, and Archbishop Christodoulos to sign a memorandum of understanding and cooperation between the Church of Greece and Athens 2004. At noon at the Petraki Monastery in Athens. -The US Embassy in Athens and all US Government offices in Greece will be closed in observance of Veterans’ Day, a US national holiday. -The 6th national conference on Energy and Development 2001 gets under way at the Grande Bretagne Hotel in Athens. Development Minister Akis Tsochadzopoulos is the keynote speaker. To Tuesday. TUESDAY Foreign Minister George Papandreou to address UN General Assembly. -Parliament to debate Athens 2004 Olympics preparations. -The European Union is to release the annual progress report on EU candidate countries, including Cyprus and Turkey, in Strasbourg. THURSDAY Cabinet meets to discuss economic policy. -Government Council on Foreign Policy and Defense (KYSEA) meets to appoint a successor to chairman of joint chiefs of staff Gen. Manoussos Parayioudakis, who is retiring. -Health and Welfare Minister Alekos Papadopoulos to attend a meeting of EU health ministers in Brussels. -Bank of Greece organizes the Euro City Tour exhibition of giant-sized coins inspired by the euro, to benefit children’s cancer societies in the euro zone, at Zappeion Mansion. To December 10. -The French Institute and the Athens daily To Vima are holding a round-table discussion on The International Networks of Violence. Greek and foreign experts to attend. The forum will start at 7.30 p.m. at the auditorium of the French Institute, 31 Sina, Athens. -New Democracy holds function on The Polytechnic in 1973: Lessons in Democracy, at Zappeion Mansion, at 7.30 p.m. FRIDAY The ministers of justice and interior, Philippos Petsalnikos and Costas Skandalidis, go to Brussels for the meeting of EU justice and interior ministers. SATURDAY Anniversary of the day on which the 1967-74 military dictatorship crushed a student rebellion at the Athens Polytechnic in 1973.