NEWS

This Week

Monday IOC Coordination Commission begins a three-day visit to Athens to inspect Olympic preparations. To Wednesday. Education and Religion Marietta Giannakou briefs Archbishop Christodoulos on her visit to Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios. PASOK leader George Papandreou also will meet with Christodoulos. The archbishop is expected to call a meeting of the Standing Holy Synod tomorrow to discuss the crisis with the Patriarchate. Merchant Marine Minister Manolis Kefaloyiannis pays an official visit to Britain. To Wednesday. Transport Minister Michalis Liapis to visit operations center of the Attiko Metro subway at Syntagma Square. European Parliament pre-election period begins. Deputy Culture Minister Petros Tatoulis to inaugurate the «Around Ancient Olympia» virtual reality production; at the Foundation of the Hellenic World, 254 Pireos, Tavros. Synaspismos youth in Athens demonstrates at 6 p.m. outside the US Embassy in protest against abuse of Iraqi prisoners. Tuesday Amnesty International Greece holds a press conference on «Olympic Games and Human Rights.» At noon at the Athens Bar Association, 60 Academias. Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis to speak at a conference organized by the New Democracy student organization (DAP-NDFK), in Thessaloniki. Progressive Movement of Cypriot Students in Athens holds 30-year anniversary celebration at the Ilissia Theater, Athens. AKEL leader Dimitris Christofias will speak. Tel. 210.645.4100. Wednesday Parliament holds debate on economy. University student unions’ elections. Thursday Georgian Archbishop Elias II pays official visit. Left-wing human rights activists stage a demonstration at 7 p.m. outside the Old University on Panepistimiou St in solidarity with jailed members of November 17 and other organizations. Friday Special Olympics World Festival 2004 on «Education through Sports» opens on the island of Rhodes and will run through May 21. Tel. 210.616.0166 or visit www.vodafone.gr. Federation of Secondary School Teachers (OLME) and Primary School Teachers (DOY) stage a work stoppage and rally outside Education Ministry, demanding permanency for contract substitute teachers. Municipal workers (POE-OTA) stage a protest march to the Interior Ministry, starting at noon, demanding permanent status for contract staff. Athens employees will stage a three-hour work stoppage, from 11 a.m. to the end of their shift, while workers in the rest of the country will hold a 24-hour strike. PASOK National Reconstruction Council convenes. To Saturday. Saturday Thessaloniki Organization for Women’s Employment and Resources (TOWER) organizes a seminar on «Beating Stress and Managing Change: Focus on the Foreign Woman.» Angelos Rodafinos, author of «From Prince to Frog» will be the keynote speaker. At the Stein Building, 2 Kalapothaki. Visit www.homeinternational.gr/tower.