This Week

Monday Athens tram begins operating, with the first one leaving Syntagma Square at 10 a.m. Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits Paris for talks aimed at promoting Turkey’s bid to start accession talks with the EU. Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas to sign Greece’s accession to the European Space Agency in Paris. Justice Minister Anastassis Papaligouras and Public Order Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis attend EU home affairs ministers’ meeting in Brussels. Agriculture Minister Savvas Tsitouridis attends EU agriculture ministers meeting in Brussels. Olympic Torch Relay visits Kavala and Philippi. Tuesday Gas stations extend operating hours, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Until September 15. Olympic Torch Relay visits Drama and Serres. Wednesday Heliotopos conferences in cooperation with the Center for Renewable Energy Sources (KAPE) and the Greek Society for Aeolic Energy will hold the «Renewable Energy Forum» on the island of Milos, Georgios Iliopoulos congress center. To Friday. Tel. 210.973.0697 or log on to Athens University of Economics and Business holds a conference on «The Outsider in the World of Journalism,» at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ioannis Drakopoulos amphitheater, 30 Panepistimiou St. The conference is part of the EQUAL Community Initiative. Tel. 210.368.9426 or 210.322.6691. Federation of Handicrafts and Small Manufacturers Associations of Athens (OBSA) stages a demonstration outside the Finance Ministry to protest at heavy taxation. Olympic Torch Relay visits Kilkis. Thursday Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis meets with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw in London. Secondary school teachers’ federation (OLME) to stage a protest rally at 7 p.m at the Old University, opposing globalization while demanding that human rights and liberties be protected during the Olympic Games. Olympic Torch Relay visits Langadas, Stagira and Poligyros in Halkidiki peninsula. Friday PM Costas Karamanlis to chair the sixth New Democracy party congress. To Sunday. At Athens’s old airport at Hellenikon. Olympic Torch Relay visits Thessaloniki. Saturday Olympic Torch Relay visits ancient site at Dion. Sunday Olympic Torch Relay visits Katerini and ancient Macedonian site of Vergina.