NEWS

This Week

Monday Elementary and secondary school teachers, and those working in cramming schools (frontistiria) begin a 48-hour strike, demanding higher wages. Protest march from Old University in central Athens at 12 noon. Social Security Foundation (IKA) doctors begin a 48-hour strike, demanding permanent contracts for 5,500 of their colleagues on temporary work contracts. National First Aid Center (EKAB) employees continue rolling 24-hour strikes until November 15, demanding more pay and for their profession to be classified as hazardous. Employees of the Athens prefecture begin a 48-hour strike. Sailors on Rio-Antirio ferry route continue strike that began on Friday, demanding higher pensions. To 7 a.m. Tuesday. Athens Bar Association members begin a two-day strike demanding that the State return money to the Lawyers’ Fund. Bank of Greece celebrates the 75th anniversary of its founding with an event at the Athens Concert Hall. President Costis Stephanopoulos, PM Costas Simitis European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet and ECB Vice President Lucas Papademos will attend. At 10 a.m. UN General Assembly to ratify vote on Olympic Truce. Church of Greece’s 12-member Holy Synod meets to discuss crisis with Ecumenical Patriarchate. Interior Minister Costas Skandalidis chairs an interministerial meeting on policy for repatriated Greeks, Muslims and Roma. US Olympic Committee delegation begins weeklong review of preparations for Athens 2004 Olympics. Residents of Icaria and Fournoi, demanding better health services, stage a demonstration in central Athens, marching from the National Archaeological Museum to the Health Ministry and Parliament at 5 p.m. They will also protest in Icaria at 7 p.m. Deputy Foreign Minister Andreas Loverdos attends meeting of the monitoring committee for the Balkans Reconstruction Plan in Thessaloniki. National Center for Public Administration organizes a two-day conference on «Natural Disasters and Public Administration,» at the Capsis Hotel in Thessaloniki. Tel. 210.349.6236, 210.349.6257. Press Ministry in cooperation with Athens University hold a two-day conference on «The Image of Greece in the International Press during the Greek EU Presidency and the 2004 Olympic Games.» Press Minister Christos Protopappas will speak. At the Zappeion Mansion. To tomorrow. Tel. 210.369.6186. Sports Minister Giorgos Lianis to meet with the board of EPO, Greece’s soccer federation, to discuss the problem of violence. Memorial service for the former Center Union prime minister, George Papandreou, at Athens’s First Cemetery, at 10.30 a.m. Athens Postgraduate Fair, Intercontinental Hotel, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Athens Municipality seminar for municipal employees who come into contact with immigrants and refugees to prepare them to deal with problems. Also on Tuesday and Nov. 10 and 11. Tuesday National 24-hour strike by civil servants’ federation, ADEDY, demanding higher wages and protesting against part-time employment. Athens and Piraeus state hospital doctors will be taking part. Doctors plan a protest in Korai St in central Athens at 11 a.m. Bishops of the Church of Greece convene to discuss crisis in relations with Ecumenical Patriarchate. To Thursday. PM Simitis attends inauguration of refurbished train station at Kallithea, Athens, at 10 a.m. Military chiefs of staff hold conference on the use of satellite tele-medicine by military hospitals. At the War Museum. Tel. 210.657.1045 or see www.geetha.mil.gr. Thursday Symposium on «The Aftermath of the Olympic Games 2004: Greece at the Crossroads.» At the Athens Hilton Hotel. Tel. 210.728.9000. Friday PM Simitis visits Serres to inaugurate the city’s new hospital. Saturday British Graduates Society (BGS) in collaboration with BCE-Best Consultancy in Education hold a two-day conference and exhibition on British Postgraduate Studies: The Investment for a Successful Career.» At the Holiday Inn. Tel. 210.363.8897 or see www.bgs.gr.