NEWS

This Week

Monday Federation of gas station owners meets to discuss possible nationwide strike in protest at government demand for cash machines on pumps. President Costis Stephanopoulos visits Spetses to unveil statues to heroine of WWII resistance Lela Karayianni and of the War of Independence, Laskarina Bouboulina. To Tuesday. Funeral of former PASOK minister, Evangelos Yiannopoulos, at Athens’s First Cemetery at 12 noon. New Democracy leader Costas Karamanlis and Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou to attend ceremony, with European Parliament President Pat Cox, naming part of Strasbourg Parliament «Espace Constantine Karamanlis,» after the late Greek statesman. Alternate Foreign Minister Tassos Yiannitsis meets with former Indian PM Kumar Gujral. Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) to hold 53rd world congress of the International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism (AIEST) on «Tourism and Sports,» at the Divani Apollo Hotel in Kavouri. Development Minister Akis Tsochadzopoulos to make opening address. To Thursday. Tuesday Communist-led PAME labor organization to hold protest rally at Manpower Organization (OAED) offices on Pireos Street at 7 p.m. and in Piraeus’s Korai Square at 7.30 p.m. International Ecocinema Festival opens on Rhodes. To Sunday, tel 210.725.4056. Greek longshoremen stage a 24-hour strike in protest at the liberalization of port services. Panteion University hosts a conference on the simple proportional representation electoral system. PASOK Executive Bureau to finalize composition of committee responsible PASOK’s image makeover. Left Coalition (Synaspismos) President Nikos Constantopoulos visits Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF). Wednesday PM Costas Simitis to unveil Convergence Charter of economic measures at Zappeion Mansion, after a Cabinet meeting. Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou visits Cyprus. To Thursday. Primary school teachers’ federation (DOE) meets to discuss possible strike action for financial demands. Thessaloniki Prefectural Council meets to discuss financial difficulties and possible protests. Democratic Social Movement (DHKKI) leader Dimitris Tsovolas visits TIF. Thursday Communist Party General Secretary Aleka Papariga visits TIF. Friday New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis visits TIF. To Sunday. Book Fair opens on the Dionyssiou Areopagitou pedestrian walkway. Through September 28. Far-right LAOS leader Giorgos Karadzaferis visits TIF. Saturday New Democracy leader Karamanlis to speak at official dinner of northern Greece’s business groups, at 8 p.m. National Consumer Council meets to discuss market problems and rise in prices. Sunday ND leader Karamanlis holds news conference at 1 p.m. at Makedonia Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki. Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Magriotis visits Cyprus to speak at a ceremony in memory of late Greek Alternate Foreign Minister Yiannos Kranidiotis. Employees at the state-owned oil refiner Hellenic Petroleum (ELPE) begin a five-day strike opposing company’s merger with Petrola. To Thursday.