NEWS

This Week

Monday Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis leaves for an official visit to the United States. To Friday. President Costis Stephanopoulos attends meeting of the Council of State plenum celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the country’s highest administrative court. Professors at technical colleges stage a 24-hour nationwide strike demanding more funding. Parliament Speaker Anna Psarouda-Benaki attends Council of Europe meeting of EU parliament speakers on the «Europe of Citizens» in Strasbourg. To Tuesday. National Economy Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis meets with leadership of the General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE). Defense Minister Spilios Spilotopoulos attends EU defense ministers’ meeting in Brussels. Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valynakis attends General Affairs Council in Brussels. International Institute for Olympic and Sport Education meets at Saint George Lycabettus Hotel. Communist Party organizes a conference on «The Position and Role of the European Union in the War Against Terror.» At the Titania Hotel, tel 210.259.2163. Piraeus Society for Culture, Science and Social Intervention to hold a conference on «The Contribution of the Olympic Games to the Development of the Broader Area of Piraeus.»At the Municipality of Nikaia, Piraeus. Tuesday PM Karamanlis meets with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the United Nations in New York at 3 p.m. and with Archbishop Demetrios at 10 a.m. International Museum Day. Free entrance to all museums. Hellenic National Committee of International Council of Museums (ICOM) organizes a round-table discussion on «Museums and Intangible Cultural Heritage.» Deputy Culture Minister Petros Tatoulis will speak. At the Evgenideion Planetarium, 387 Syngrou Ave. Tel. 210.323.9414. Wednesday Rally in memory of genocide of Pontic (Black Sea) Greeks to be held at 8 p.m. at Aghia Sophia Square in Thessaloniki. Helexpo, in cooperation with the National Book Center (EKEBI), holds the first Scripta 2004 International Book Fair. At the Helexpo fairground in Thessaloniki. To Sunday. Tel. 2310.291.188. Athens Academy holds a press conference on its May 26-28 «International Symposium on Universal Values,» held in connection with the 2004 Olympics. At the Athens Academy, 28 Panepistimiou St. Army General Staff to display a remote-controlled robot at 11 a.m. Thursday PM Karamanlis meets with President Bush in Washington at 11.25 a.m. They will have lunch at 12 noon. Karamanlis will meet also with Vice President Dick Cheney and members of the House Committee on International Relations and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Part-time Culture Ministry staff plan to obstruct tourists’ access to the Acropolis for two hours in order to press their demand for permanent employment. President Stephanopoulos visits the islands of Ithaca and Cephalonia to attend 140th anniversary cerebrations of the Ionian islands’ accession to the Greek State. To Friday. UNHCR Greece organizes a seminar on «Basic Principles for the Protection of Refugees. Code of Ethics. Rules of Function.» At the Stratos Vassilikos Hotel, Athens. Tel. 210.672.6 462-3. Employees of the Public Power Corporation stage a 24-hour strike, demanding wage increases in the annual labor agreement. Friday PM Karamanlis to speak at the Council on Foreign Relations at 9 a.m. He leaves Washington for Athens at 11.30 a.m. Sunday The Association for Democracy in the Balkans, together with the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeastern Europe, holds a conference on «Reality Bites. The Regional Implications of the March 2004 Violence in Kosovo.» The ambassador of Serbia-Montenegro, Dusan Batakovic, will speak. At the Thessaloniki Chamber of Industry and Commerce, 29 Tsimiski St. Tel. 2310.960.820-1.