NEWS

This Week

Monday PM Costas Simitis to inaugurate General State Archives in Athens suburb of Psychico, at noon. Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou to meet with his counterparts from Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Pandeli Majko and Vlado Buckovski, in Kastoria. Greek and Albanian ministers are to sign a Military Cooperation Accord. National First Aid Center (EKAB) employees continue rolling 24-hour strikes until Saturday, demanding more pay and that their profession be classified as dangerous. Eighteenth round of exploratory talks on Greek-Turkish issues is held in Ankara between the Greek Foreign Ministry’s political director, Anastassios Skopelitis, and his Turkish counterpart, Ugur Ziyal. Transport Minister Christos Verelis visits Cyprus for telecommunications conference. Athens Bar Association to decide whether to hold a strike on Thursday and Friday. State secondary school teachers’ union meets to discuss further strike action. Discussion on «Human Rights in the European Union and Greece» at the office of the European Parliament in Athens. Among speakers will be UNHCR representative Robert White, Citizen’s Advocate Giorgos Kaminis and New Democracy MP Marietta Giannakou. At 8 Amalias Ave. Tel. 210.777.5223. Exhibition on the poet C.P. Cavafy, his world and paintings from his era opens in the Athens Concert Hall foyer at 8 p.m. Tuesday Ecumenical Patriarchate’s Synod meets to discuss crisis with Church of Greece. In Athens, the Holy Synod will discuss sending envoys to Istanbul with message confirming the standoff over jurisdiction over 36 bishoprics. Athens and Piraeus trolley bus services to be disrupted as employees hold their annual meeting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. US Embassy and consulates will remain closed in observance of Veterans’ Day. National First Aid Center (EKAB) employees to hold a demonstration outside the Health Ministry and then march to the Finance Ministry. Stoa tou Vivliou holds an exhibition and conference on «Globalization and the New World.» Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis will speak at 6 p.m. To Saturday. Tel. 210.325.3989. National Center for Public Administration holds seminars on handling natural disasters, in Hania and Iraklion, Crete. To Thursday. Wednesday Foreign Press Association hosts luncheon for Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou. Caravel Hotel, 2 p.m. The European Network for Information and Communications (EURONEM) holds a conference on «Monuments and Environment.» Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos will speak. The conference is under the auspices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Culture Ministry. At the Hotel Grande Bretagne. Tel. 210.672.4562. Citizen’s Advocate Giorgos Kaminis visits Thessaloniki to inform citizens and public services on the ombudsman’s aims. To Friday. Thursday The Greek Organization for Inspection and Certification of Organic Products (DIO) organizes the 6th Organic Products Festival «Ecofestival 2003» at the Athens Exhibition Center, 124 Kifissias Ave, Ambelokipi. To Sunday. Tel. 210.8224384 or visit www.dionet.gr. Athens lawyers may strike Thursday and Friday if the Bar Association decides this on Monday. Saturday Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit northern Cyprus to commemorate 1983 unilateral declaration of Turkish-Cypriot state which only Ankara recognizes. Athens provincial government crews to begin demolishing buildings constructed illegally in archaeological sites, streambeds and on public land.