NEWS

This Week

Monday Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis to attend informal EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels. To tomorrow. Traffic on outgoing lanes of Athens-Lamia highway will be detoured at Renault intersection from midnight to 4 a.m on Tuesday for the construction of a footbridge. Vari-Koropiou Avenue, a major link between the Saronic Gulf coast and Mesogeia region, opens after a long period of road-widening works. Jerusalem Patriarch Irenaios visits Istanbul. To Thursday. Olympic Torch Relay visits Cretan cities of Rethymnon and Hania. Deputy Culture Minister Petros Tatoulis visits Imatheia refecture to inspect archaeological sites of Vergina. Summer sales come into effect and will last until August 31. Tuesday Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos briefs National Council on the contacts he had in Brussels, Portugal, Austria and Spain on Cyprus issue. Olympic Torch Relay visits Dodecanese islands of Karpathos, Kalymnos, Kos, Kastellorizo and Rhodes. Unions involved in the production and distribution of newspapers hold a 48-hour strike to press for a new collective labor agreement. To Wednesday. Andreas Papandreou Institute for Strategic and Development Studies (ISTAME) holds the seventh annual Symi Symposium, at Spetses. To Friday. Wednesday President Costis Stephanopoulos to award pupils with the Pythia 2004 awards for «European Upperclassmen Contests in the Ancient Greek Language,» at the Old Parliament at 8.30 p.m. Olympic Torch Relay visits Cycladic islands of Santorini, Sifnos, Paros, Naxos, Myconos and Syros. Contestants in the 45th International Maths Olympiad (IMO), which began in Athens on Sunday, to meet with Parliament Speaker Anna Benaki-Psarouda at 8.30 p.m. in Parliament. Private radio and TV stations stage a 24-hour strike to press for collective labor agreement. State broadcaster ERT holds a three-hour work stoppage, from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday New bill on reforms in public administration to be tabled in Parliament. Olympic Torch Relay visits Cycladic islands of Tinos and Andros, and then the eastern Aegean islands of Samos, Chios, Oinousses and Lesvos. Friday Prime Minster Costas Karamanlis to chair New Democracy party’s preliminary congress in Thessaloniki. Newly formed National Council for Foreign Affairs (ESEP), chaired by Foreign Minister Molyviatis, holds its first meeting. The future of Europe after enlargement, the course of Greek-Turkish relations and Cyprus are on the agenda. Olympic Torch Relay visits northern Aegean islands of Lemnos, Thasos and Samothrace. Saturday PM Karamanlis to chair party’s preliminary congress in Patras. Olympic Torch Relay visits Orestiada, Didimoteicho, Soufli, Feres and Alexandroupolis in the northeastern Evros prefecture. Sunday Full operation of Athens tram scheduled to begin. Olympic Torch Relay visits Sapes, Komotini, Avdira and Xanthi in Western Thrace province.