NEWS

This Week

Foreign Minister George Papandreou to attend the General Affairs Council in Brussels. British compromise proposal for EU defense force to be discussed, among other issues. -The American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the International Herald Tribune and Kathimerini English Edition holds its 12th annual conference on the Greek economy. At the Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel. To Tuesday. Tel. 699.3559. -The US Embassy and the Greek Ombudsman’s office hold a conference on Trafficking in Women. US Ambassador Thomas Miller will speak. At the ombudsman’s office, 5 Hatziyianni Mexi. Tel. 643.4678, 728.9610 -New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis to meet with Athens 2004 Organizing Committee President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki. -The Bank of Greece holds an auction of 110 art works depicting euro coins, in aid of children with cancer. At Zappeion Hall. Tel. 320.2050, 320.3441. -Olive oil-producers in Kalamata hold a protest rally demanding extra EU subsidies. -Farmers in the northern prefectures of Macedonia and Thessaly start three days of demonstrations against low cotton prices. They are expected to park tractors at the major intersections of highways. To Wednesday. -Thessaloniki Chamber of Industry and Commerce elects a new board. -Kochlias Publications holds a conference on Human Rights: Problems-Contradictions-Challenges, in the light of World Human Rights Day. The conference is dedicated to George Bizos, a Greek-born South African lawyer and human rights advocate. The Greek translation of his book No One to Blame? will be presented. At the amphitheater of the Foreign Ministry, 3 Academias Street. Tel. 330.6135. -The executive committee of the Civil Servants Association (ADEDY) meets to form a new board. TUESDAY New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis pays a two-day visit to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Yugoslavia. -The US Embassy in Athens holds a memorial service for the Greek and American victims killed on the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York. -Bank of Greece Governor Lucas Papademos to draw the winners of the children’s competition Euro Star, launched by the European Central bank and the central banks of all eurozone states. -Judicial officials across the country stage a two-hour work stoppage between noon and 2 p.m., demanding the hiring of more officials and court employees, better working conditions, and more facilities. At the same time, they will hold a protest rally outside the former Military Academy. WEDNESDAY Environment Minister Vasso Papandreou attends meeting of EU environment ministers in Brussels. Greece’s troubled Land Register project is on the agenda. Goulandris Natural History Museum’s Gaia Center hosts scientific workshop on Biodiversity: The effects on health and nutrition. 100 Othonos St., Kifissia. Tel. 801.2292. The British School in Athens hosts a lecture on Greek Foundations for a Roman Villa: Athenian Experiences and the Paintings of Giorgio de Chirico, delivered by Dr Robin Barber, Honorary Fellow, Dept. of Classics at the University of Edinburgh. Tel. 721.0974. THURSDAY Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis attends meeting of EU economy and finance ministers in Brussels. -New Democracy party leader Karamanlis travels to Brussels for a meeting of the European Popular Party democracy in the western Balkans. -Farmers’ Union meets to decide further protest action. -Communist-led Pan-Labor Front (PAME) stages an all night anti-war demonstration across Aristotelous and Mitropoleos streets in Thessaloniki. FRIDAY Prime Minister Costas Simitis attends EU Summit at Laeken, Belgium. To Saturday. -The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece to elect three new bishops for Syros, Sidirokastro and Halkida. -Annual Anti-Drug Basketball Tournament, held by ACS Athens, begins at the school’s gymnasium.