NEWS

This Week

Monday President Costis Stephanopoulos meets with Prime Minister Costas Simitis at 10 a.m. Communist Party leader Aleka Papariga presents her party’s candidates for Parliament at a news conference at the Zappeion Mansion, at 1 p.m. Foreign Minister George Papandreou attends General Affairs Council meeting in Brussels. Parliament Speaker Apostolos Kaklamanis to unveil logo and program of Parliament’s television channel, at Parliament at noon. Greek chapter of Amnesty International news conference on Greek policy on refugees, at the Athens Bar Association, 60 Academias, at 11.30 a.m. News conference on the need to get more women to participate in the Greek elections, organized by PASOK Euro MP and president of the European Parliament’s Committee for Women’s Rights and Equal Opportunities, Anna Karamanou, and others. At the offices of European Parliament, 8 Amalias, at 11 a.m. This will be followed at noon by a news conference on the need to get more women involved in the Olympic Games. Tel. 210.777.5223. Athens Bar Association holds a conference on «Greek Women in the 21st Century: Law and the Social Dimensions of Women’s Position: Developments, Deficits and Proposals.» At association’s headquarters at 60 Academias, 7 p.m. Tuesday Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker visits Nea Orestiada, in northeastern Greece, where he will be named an honorary citizen. He will be awarded an honorary doctorate from Thrace University’s Law School at Komotini. Justice Minister Philippos Petsalnikos to inaugurate new court building in Sparta, Peloponnese. Ceremony commemorating the establishment of Jan. 27 as an official day of remembrance for the Greek Jews killed in the Holocaust, at the Athens Concert Hall. It is being held under the aegis of the Foreign Ministry. National Broadcasting Council (ESR) to proceed with sanctions on all TV channels, including state-run TV channel ET, for allegedly not presenting all parties equally. Transport Minister Christos Verelis to inaugurate the first Private Vehicle Inspection Center (IKTEO) in Thessaloniki. Wednesday PM Simitis to meet with representatives of the General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE) to discuss their demands for a new collective labor agreement. Parliament discusses development and employment. Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss Cyprus and other issues with President George Bush in Washington. Thursday Lawyers to stage 24-hour nationwide strike, demanding that the government give their social security fund 350 million euros (120 billion drachmas) it has withheld. They will march to Parliament at 10.30 a.m. Talks on collective labor agreement resume. Friday PASOK congress. PM Simitis will announce his resignation as PASOK president and Foreign Minister George Papandreou will officially declare his candidacy for the post. Federation of Secondary School Teachers (OLME) to stage a demonstration at 1 p.m., outside the Culture Ministry, demanding permanent status for substitute teachers. Saturday European Day for Anti-Racism Action. Anti-racist groups, non-governmental organizations and immigrant’s movements will stage demonstration at Omonia Square. Sunday SPAZ animal charity is holding a bazaar, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m, at St Lawrence College, 2 Delta St, Hellenikon. Tel. 210.897.3642, 210.618.2902.