NEWS

This Week

Monday Gasoline station owners begin indefinite strike in protest at government demand that they install cash registers on pumps. They demonstrate at the Finance Ministry, Syntagma Square, at noon. Athens and Piraeus taxi drivers begin four-day strike in protest at government demand that they install cash registers in their cabs. They also demand access to bus lanes and higher fares. University and technical college professors, who were on strike all of last week, begin indefinite strike demanding higher pay. «European Day Without Cars.» Special events will be held in cities across the country. President Costis Stephanopoulos visits the Olympic Village. Labor Minister Dimitris Reppas chairs National Employment Committee meeting on the National Employment Action Plan (ESDA) for 2003-2006. Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou visits Sweden. To Tuesday. Justice Minister Phillipos Petsalnikos attends the second meeting of Balkan justice ministers in Romania. Alternate Foreign Minister Tassos Yiannitsis to participate in conference on AIDS at UN General Assembly. Greek Women’s Federation stages protest outside Israeli Embassy on Kifissias Ave at 8 p. m. Athens prefecture employees begin work stoppages from 11.30 a. m. till end of the workday. To Friday. Tuesday Hungarian President Ferenc Madl arrives for official visit. President Stephanopoulos to inaugurate an exhibition in Parliament on «Panayiotis Kanellopoulos (1902-1986): The Politician and Intellectual.» The Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) holds the Seventh International Symposium on «Keeping Heritage Alive. Education and Training for the Preservation and Management of Cultural Heritage» in the medieval city of Rhodes. To Friday. Tel. 210.682.3050 or www. rhodes. gr. Wednesday Team of five disabled swimmers is scheduled to arrive at the island of Milos, after swimming in a relay from Attica’s Cape Sounion. The Aegeathlon is being held to raise awareness of the Athens 2004 Paralympics. The team includes Greece’s Paralympic gold medalist Costas Fykas. Foreign Minister George Papandreou arrives in New York for UN General Assembly. State hospital doctors in Athens and Piraeus stage a work stoppage from 11 a. m. to 2 p. m, demanding more pay, hirings and better working conditions. Thursday Hungarian President Madl visits Thessaloniki. Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos to address UN General Assembly. Communist-led pro-Palestinian protest at Old University on Panepistimiou Street, 7 p. m. Athens prefecture employees hold 24-hour strike. Friday PM Costas Simitis to inaugurate the Olympic Sports Center at Aghios Cosmas on Athens’s beachfront. At 10 a. m. Representatives of secondary school teachers’ federations (ELME) are to meet in Athens to discuss strike action for more pay. Saturday Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies celebrates World Tourism Day with program of cultural events at Zappeion Mansion, from 10 a. m. to 10 p. m. Entrance is free. World Day Against War. Unions and anti-war organizations hold a protest rally in Syntagma Sq, at 12 noon. Ecumenical Hellenism program holds a symposium on «Greek Communities and Culture in Latin America.» Archbishop Christodoulos will attend. At the Archaion Gefsis restaurant in Kolonos. Tel. 210.881.0109. Sunday Folk Art Museum hosts children’s program on folk games and customs. At 17 Kydathineon, Plaka, tel 210.3239.813.