This Week

MONDAY The Athens Metro will stop service one hour before its usual closing time to give staff the opportunity to see in the New Year with their families. The last trains will depart from Syntagma at 11 p.m. Banks, tax offices and social security funds will be closed to the public to prepare for changeover to the euro. Also, the Athens Water Company (EYDAP) and the Public Power Corporation (PPC) will not be accepting payments because of the changeover to the euro. Transactions will resume on Wednesday, January 2. Social Security Foundation (IKA) will not be functioning today as employees have been granted a day’s holiday. TUESDAY New Year’s Day. Euro comes into effect in Greece and the rest of the eurozone. WEDNESDAY Lawyers stage a strike demanding that the new provisions of the Civil Code go into effect from September and not at the beginning of the year. State-run hospitals begin offering patients’ services during afternoon hours. THURSDAY Foreign Minister Slobodan Casule of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) visits Athens for talks with his Greek counterpart, George Papandreou. Teachers who have passed the state recruitment examinations (ASEP) and not been appointed to teaching posts hold a rally outside the Education Ministry in central Athens. SATURDAY Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot parties taking part in the «Ledra Marriott» series of meetings are to meet to celebrate the new year.