NEWS

This Week

Monday Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos arrives for a visit. President Costis Stephanopoulos inaugurates the 32nd annual fall book fair, which is taking place on the Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian walkway this year. Prime Minister Costas Simitis discusses EU funding with National Economy Minister Nikos Christodoulakis and Public Works Minister Vasso Papandreou. PM Simitis attends ceremony at Transport Ministry, marking start of Hellas Sat’s satellite operations. Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos chairs a meeting of soccer officials to discuss problems in professional soccer, including relegation of teams due to bankruptcy. Foreign Minister George Papandreou pays a two-day visit to Washington where he will be honored at a ceremony at the Library of Congress by Parliamentarians for Global Action for his work during Greece’s EU presidency. He will meet with Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice. University and technical college professors begin a five-day strike demanding more pay. They will hold a protest march from the Old University on Panepistimiou Street to the Education Ministry in Syntagma Square at 11 a.m. today. High School Teachers’ Federation (OLME) meets to discuss strike action. Employees on ferries on the Rio-Antirio strait begin daily work stoppages between 8-11 a.m. and 5-8 p.m. to press pension demands. Hellenic Banks’ Association conference on the «Report of the Economic Problem in Greece» written by Kyriakos Varvaressos in 1953. Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou will be the main speaker. National Bank of Greece amphitheater. Tel. 210.338.6500. Price freeze comes into effect in some supermarket chains. Major military exercise Parmenion 2003 begins. To Friday. Exhibition of fossilized olive and laurel opens at the Museum of Natural History of the Fossilized Forest at Sigri, on Lesvos. To October 25. Tuesday Cypriot President Papadopoulos meets with PM Simitis. Representatives for elementary school teachers meet to discuss what action they will take to press their demand for the 176-euro bonus that other civil servants get. Cuban Deputy Sports Minister Alberto Juantarena meets with Deputy Culture Minister Giorgos Lianis, who is in charge of sports. Anarchists to hold protest outside Palco underwear factory in Kato Petralona, at 10 a.m. Wednesday Teachers at private cramming schools (frontistiria) to stage protest outside Education Ministry at 11 a.m. to demand equal pay with private and public school teachers. Hospital doctors in Athens and Piraeus stage a work stoppage, from 11 a.m to 3 p.m., demanding more pay. The Federation of Greek Industries (SEV) holds news conference at its headquarters, 5 Xenofondos St, Syntagma Sq. Thursday President Costis Stephanopoulos to be briefed on Olympic preparations by Athens 2004 Organizing Committee President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki. PASOK General Secretary Michalis Chrysochoidis visits Cyprus. He will meet with President Papadopoulos and Parliament Speaker Dimitris Christofias. To Friday. Government to present a bill demanding declaration of Parliament members’ assets Friday A two-day conference on «Cultural Tourism in Balkan Countries» begins in Corfu, organized by the Ionian Islands’ Association in conjunction with the World Tourism Organization and the National Tourism Organization (EOT). Athens 2004 Organizing Committee President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki to brief Communist Party General Secretary Aleka Papariga on Olympics preparations. The International Economic Relations Institute (IDOS) holds a three-day conference on «From the International Political Economy to the World Political Economy.» At the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry. To Sunday. Tel. 210.362.0274. Saturday International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) holds a three-day conference in Hania, Crete, to examine the possibility of forging an international campaign against US military bases.