NEWS

This Week

Monday Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos on one-day working visit to Athens and will meet with President Costis Stephanopoulos, Prime Minister Costas Simitis and opposition party leaders. – Gas station federation officials to meet with Development Ministry officials to try avert a 24-hour strike by gas station owners later this month. Owners want a crackdown on stations that violate official hours; they also want electronic monitors on their tanks, among other issues. – Communist Party leader Aleka Papariga holds a news conference at Zappeion Hall at 1 p.m. in light of the coming elections. – Foreign Minister George Papandreou to meet with Morgan Stanley Chairman Steve Newhouse at the Foreign Ministry at 11 a.m. – Deputy Foreign Minister Andreas Loverdos to meet with the general secretary of the Merchant Marine Ministry, Nikos Zachariadis, to discuss developments regarding the ongoing detention in Pakistan of the five Greek officers of the tanker Tasman Spirit. – Education Minister Petros Efthymiou and Development Minister Akis Tsochadzopoulos announce a program of weeklong winter holidays for schoolchildren. – US Embassy and consulates in Athens and Thessaloniki will remain closed today in observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday. – Interministerial committee responsible for Olympic preparations to convene. – General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE) to meet with employers to discuss the national collective labor agreement. – Peloponnese livestock breeders stage a demonstration in Tripolis demanding state subsidies. Tuesday New Democracy leader Costas Karamanlis visits Cyprus. He will meet with President Tassos Papadopoulos. To Wednesday. – Deputy Culture Minister for Sports Giorgos Lianis to meet with representatives of the Greek Professional Football Association (EPAE) regarding measures aimed at curbing soccer violence. Wednesday President Stephanopoulos begins official visit to Lebanon. To Friday. – PM Simitis to inaugurate the new passenger terminal at the port of Piraeus. – New Democracy election committee convenes. – Foreign Press Association hosts luncheon for Public Works and Environment Minister Vasso Papandreou at the Hilton Hotel. – Synaspismos Left Coalition, in cooperation with Center for Cultural Research, holds a conference on «Television and Greek Society» at the Journalists’ Union (ESIEA), 20 Academias. Tel. 210.363.2601. Thursday General Secretariat for Sports organizes a two-day international seminar on violence in sports. Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos and Deputy Culture Minister Giorgos Lianis will speak. At the National Bank of Greece amphitheater, Aeolou & Sophocleous streets. To Friday.Tel. 210.649.7103-5. Friday PM Simitis visits Larissa to announce the regional Convergence Charter for Thessaly. – Turkey’s National Security Council to discuss Cyprus issue. – New Democracy central committee meets. Saturday State service pensioners to receive money owed to them from 2003. Sunday Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios visits Cuba to inaugurate the first Orthodox church in the country.