NEWS

This Week

Monday President Costis Stephanopoulos visits Evia. New Democracy party presents its program for public administration at 1 p.m. at the Caravel Hotel. Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis meets with representatives of technical college professors to discuss their demand for a pay rise. University and technical college professors have been on strike for two weeks. Hospital doctors in Athens and Piraeus stage a work stoppage, from 11 a.m to 2 p.m., demanding higher pay, more hirings and better working conditions. Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou begins a two-day visit to Cyprus. Foreign Minister George Papandreou attends EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels. Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyianni and Interior Minister Costas Skandalidis inaugurate a citizens’ information and service center at Dyrrachiou St, Sepolia. Deadline for bids for 35 percent stake in Public Gas Corporation DEPA. Israel’s former Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben Ami speaks on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, at the Hellenic American Union, 7 p.m. Contract employees of the Culture Ministry begin a five-day strike demanding permanent employment. To Friday. Public Works Minister Vasso Papandreou visits Iraklion, Crete. Athens Bar Association commemorates start of judicial year with ceremony honoring distinguished lawyers. Old Parliament, 7 p.m. Farmers in Trikala prefecture hold a protest rally in the city’s central square at 11 a.m. Tuesday Patras court to try 76-year-old Giorgos Karousos for allegedly breaking hygiene laws by feeding stray animals. A protest by supporters and animal welfare organizations is scheduled for 9 a.m. outside the court. Technical college professors to decide on whether to extend strike. Roadworks on Kakia Skala stretch of Athens-Corinth highway will result in one less inbound lane every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until December 15. Wednesday Cyprus Independence Day. Holy Synod of Church of Greece convenes to discuss relations between the Greek Church and the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Hospital doctors’ federation to meet with Health Minister Costas Stefanis to discuss doctors’ demands. Court employees stage a 48-hour strike for financial and pension demands. University professors to stage a protest outside Education Ministry on Syntagma Sq. Thursday Cabinet discusses draft of 2004 state budget proposal. Friday Olympic Airways flight attendants stage two three-hour work stoppages, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., protesting at what they claim is the illegal training of attendants on short-term contracts and the obligatory retirement of permanent staff. Saturday PM Costas Simitis to attend EU summit in Rome. Talks will focus on the European Constitution. Sunday World Animal Day. Hellenic Animal Welfare Society holds an event at the HAWS animal welfare hospital at Koropi. Tel. 210.7226.444, 210.662.6061.