This Week

Monday PM Costas Simitis to speak on «The Greek Plan for Balkan Economic Reconstruction» at a conference organized by the Foreign Ministry and held at the Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry, at 11 a.m. President Costis Stephanopoulos to attend a ceremony at the Athens Concert Hall, organized by the Elpida Society for Children with Cancer, honoring people who have helped the society. Seventh World Congress of Consuls is being held at the Hilton Hotel. Prime Minister of Iceland David Oddsson, New Democracy opposition leader Costas Karamanlis and Foreign Minister George Papandreou will be among the speakers. To Wednesday. Tel. 210.748.4071 or 210.7473.686; National Committee for Human Rights holds a conference on «Ensuring the Effectiveness of the European Court of Human Rights.» At the Athens journalists’ union (ESIEA), 20 Academias. Tel. 210.338.5537. Alternate Foreign Minister Tassos Yiannitsis visits Bucharest. Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyanni to present the municipality’s program for Christmas and New Year’s. At City Hall, Kotzia Sq, at 12 noon. Synaspismos Left Coalition leader Nikos Constantopoulos visits Iraklion, Crete. National Statistical Service employees decide today whether to continue a strike that is in its eighth week. Lawyers of suspected Revolutionary Popular Struggle (ELA) suspect Costas Agapiou to hold a news conference at the Athens Bar Association offices at 1 p.m. Tuesday Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos pays an official visit to Athens. To Thursday. International conference on «Culture and Sport in the Self-improvement of the Disabled.» The conference, organized by the Adapted Athletics Cultural Development Center (KAPPA), is under the auspices of the Culture Ministry, the National Confederation of the Disabled and the Athens 2004 Organizing Committee. At the Titania Hotel. Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos will speak at 10.30 a.m. Tel. 2310.227.416, or see National Center of Public Administration in collaboration with the Research Center for Equality Issues hold a conference on «Interculturalism and Sexual Equality.» At the Astir Palace Hotel in Patras. Tel. 210.349.6397, 210.349.6245. To Wednesday. Wednesday Parliament committee begins to discuss 2004 budget. Athens 2004 President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki presents course of Olympic Torch Relay at Athens 2004 headquarters in Nea Ionia. Tour coach owners and staff begin a three-day strike in protest at the government’s indifference to their plea for subsidies to upgrade their vehicles. The Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies is to stage a 24-hour strike today in solidarity with tour coach staff. To Saturday. Employees at private television stations to stage a 24-hour strike, starting 6 a.m., demanding that employers sign a collective labor agreement. Builders across the country stage a 24-hour strike for wage and pension demands. They will hold a demonstration at Kotzia Square at 10 a.m. and are expected to march through central Athens. Pensioners of all funds to protest low incomes in front of Athens University. National Economy Minister Nikos Christodoulakis to meet with representatives of National Statistical Service employees whose strike is in its eighth week. National Bank’s Educational Foundation hosts an exhibition titled «Sailing Round the Aegean.» National Bank Governor Theodoros Karatzas will inaugurate it. Tel. 210.323.4267. Institute of Energy for Southeastern Europe (IENE) organizes the eighth national «Energy and Development Conference 2003.» Development Minister Akis Tsochadzopoulos and Christopher Jones, head of the Electricity and Gas Unit DGTREN, European Commission, will be the keynote speakers. Intercontinental Hotel. To Thursday. Tel. 210.362.8457 or Thursday The National Union of Local Governments (KEDKE) holds its annual convention in Thessaloniki. Interior Minister Costas Skandalidis will attend. To Saturday. Employees at private radio stations stage a 24-hour strike, starting at 6 a.m., demanding that employers sign a collective labor agreement. Fourth local authority organizations’ exhibition «Polis 2003» opens at the Helexpo fairground in Thessaloniki. To Sunday. Athens’s Criminal Record Service to be closed for two days due to its move to the Appeal Courts Building on Alexandras Avenue. Friday Government-organized business gathering and exhibition, titled «Building New Bridges: Europe and the Arab World,» at the Piraeus Port Authority exhibition center. General-Secretary of the Arab League Amr Moussa and Foreign Minister Papandreou will be the keynote speakers. To December 4. PM Simitis visits Thebes to inaugurate the new regional hospital. Foreign Minister Papandreou to attend EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Naples. To Saturday. International conference where Israeli and Palestinian representatives will present the Geneva Accord, which has been drafted by Israelis and Palestinians; at the Zappeion Mansion. Saturday Research Center for Equality Issues and the General Secretariat for Equality hold a two-day conference on «The Gender Aspect of Culture and Education.» To Sunday. At Athens University. Tel. 210.384.1636. Sunday PM Simitis to inaugurate the section of Attiki Odos highway leading to Elefsina.