NEWS

This Week

Monday Last 8-meter section of bridge linking western Greece with the Peloponnese at Rio-Antirio is to be placed. The bridge is due to be operable by early September. Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and PASOK leader George Papandreou attend opening of 10th Economy Forum in Thessaloniki. 44th Congress of the International Olympic Academy. Greek police and the Athens 2004 Olympics organizers present representatives of 202 national police forces with the security plan for the Athens Games, at the start of a three-day conference. To Wednesday. Patriarchal Synod meets in Istanbul to discuss Greek government-brokered compromise in patriarchate’s dispute with Church of Greece. Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis meets in Washington with US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Marc Grossman. Protest march from Eleftherias Park to embassies of US, Israel and Palestinian representation. Kathimerini SA annual general meeting at 10 a.m. International law and archaeological congress, «The Large Inscription of the Gortyn Law Code – 120 Years since its Discovery,» opens at the Italian Archaeological School of Athens, 14-16 Parthenonos St. Tel 210.923.9163. Tuesday President Costis Stephanopoulos addresses opening of 25th International Journalists’ Congress at Zappeion Hall. To Sunday. Alternate Culture Minister Fanni Palli-Petralia inaugurates exhibition on contemporary Turkish painting and sculpture. At the Athens Cultural Center, Thiseion. Wednesday President Costis Stephanopoulos meets with newly elected bishops of Thessaloniki, Eleftheroupolis, Kozani and Mesogaia. Within the context of the Cultural Olympiad, the Academy of Athens organizes an international symposium on «Universal Values.» Archbishops Demetrios of America and Anastassios of Albania to attend. At the Academy. Tel 210.360.0207. Institute for Language and Speech Processing conference on «Using New Technologies in Preserving and Promoting Aegean Island Culture.» Aegean Minister Aristotelis Pavlidis and Deputy Culture Minister Petros Tatoulis to speak. At the Goulandris-Horn Foundation, Plaka. Tel 210.687.5300. Foundation of the Hellenic World hosts international conference on «Athletics, Society and Identity.» At 254 Pireos St. Tel. 210.3422292. Crews of tugs and rescue boats stage a 24-hour strike over financial and pension demands. Thursday Hotel employees stage a four-hour work stoppage demanding Olympic bonus and more pay. «Or Blue» photo exhibition of «Olympic Games Ideals Depicted Through the Lens of Famous French Photographer Felicio Rodriguez» opens at the Sofitel hotel at the Eleftherios Venizelos Airport. The exhibition is organized under the auspices of the National Olympic and Athletic Committee of France. Tel 210.623.1863. Friday World conference on the «3rd Age» and its political, economic and social power, held by the Federation Internationales des Associations de Persons Ages and Thessaloniki Municipality. At the Vellidis Conference Center, Thessaloniki. Tel. 2310.223.056. To Monday.