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This Week

Monday The Acropolis in Athens, the archaeological sites and museums of Pella, Dion and Vergina and the Castle of Platamonas in northern Greece will be closed from today through Wednesday as Culture Ministry short-term contract workers strike for permanent contracts. State hospital doctors in Athens and Piraeus stage a three-day work stoppage at surgeries and outpatient clinics. To Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday all medical staff at state hospitals will be on strike, demanding higher wages. Journalist Takis Michas’s Greek edition of his book «Unholy Alliance: Greece and Milosevic’s Serbia» is presented at the Foreign Press Association, 23 Academias Street. Deputy Interior Minister Nikos Bistis, PASOK deputy Gerasimos Arsenis, and former New Democracy MP Andreas Andrianopoulos will speak. The US Embassy and consulates will remain closed today in observance of Columbus Day. Agriculture Minister Giorgos Drys attends EU agriculture ministers meeting in Luxembourg. The PASOK parliamentary group organizes discussion on the report of the European Labor Organization titled «A Future Without Child Labor.» Labor Minister Dimitris Reppas will attend. At the offices of the European Parliament, 8 Amalias Ave. The Environment Ministry in cooperation with Culture Ministry hold a two-day conference on «The Aesthetics of Cities and the Policy of Intervention. Contributing to the Revival of Urban Space.» Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos and Environment Minister Vasso Papandreou will speak. To tomorrow. National Bank of Greece headquarters, 82-84 Aeolou. For further information, tel 210.331.4739 or www.astynet.gr, www.minenv.gr. Tuesday President Costis Stephanopoulos begins two-day official visit to Serbia and Montenegro. PM Simitis chairs PASOK parliamentary group meeting. Labor groups in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus stage two-hour work stoppage to protest their administration’s handling of efforts to reunify Cyprus. Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos, Cultural Olympiad president Evgenios Giannakopoulos and the director of the Thessaloniki Film Festival, Michel Dimopoulos, hold a press conference on «Cinemythology – The Greek Myths in World Cinema.» At the Culture Ministry’s amphitheater. Representatives of 40 US universities and colleges will be at the Holiday Inn Hotel, 50 Michalakopoulou, from 2-7 p.m., to present study programs. Organized by the Fulbright Institute. Wednesday Archaeological sites and museums at Knossos in Crete, Mycenae, Ancient Corinth and Epidaurus will be closed Wednesday and Thursday because of a strike by Culture Ministry short-term contract employees. New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis to attend European People’s Party summit in Brussels. To Thursday. Court employees begin a three-day strike for financial and pension demands. To Friday. Thursday PM Simitis travels to Brussels for EU summit meeting. State hospital doctors in Athens and Piraeus start a 48-hour strike demanding higher salaries and more staff. Doctors meet today to discuss whether to continue their strike action. Municipality and prefecture staff stage a two-day strike demanding higher pay. Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos addresses a conference in Brussels on «The Cyprus Issue: Prospects for Resolution,» organized by the European Policy Center. Commemorating World Nutrition Day, the civil servants’ federation (ADEDY), the General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE) and consumers’ unions hold a demonstration at 7 p.m. in Klafthmonos Sq in protest against high prices and low quality of life. Left-wing and human rights activists hold a demonstration at the Old University on Panepistimiou (Eleftherios Venizelos) St, protesting against alleged human rights violations and foreign intervention in the ongoing trial of suspected members of the November 17 terror group. Reduced taxation for diesel used in agriculture comes into effect. Friday The Panhellenic Network of Ecological Associations in cooperation with local government union (KEDKE) holds a conference in Samos, eastern Aegean on «Green Entrepreneurship.» To Saturday. Tel. 210.389.9600.