This Week

Monday Refurbished marathon route to be opened to the public. The Olympic marathon race will be run along this road. – National Economy and Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis holds a news conference at 11 a.m. at the ministry. – Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis to attend EU foreign ministers’ extraordinary meeting in Brussels. The World Trade Organization and financial aid to Turkish Cypriots are on the agenda. – Mayor Dora Bakoyannis will announce Athens’s cultural program for the Olympics and Paralympics at 12.30 p.m. at Zappeion Hall. – New National Sculpture Gallery expected to open at Goudi, Athens. – Doctors at the Asklipieion Hotel in Voula will hold work stoppage from 8 to 11 a.m., demanding extra money for overtime work during the Olympics. – Employees in public and private sectors in the northeastern Evros prefecture to stage a 24-hour strike protesting at unemployment in the region. – Olympic torch relay visits Veria, Naoussa, Skydra and Edessa. Tuesday Olympic torch relay visits Psarades on Lake Prespa, Amyntaio, Ptolemaida and Kozani. Wednesday Extension of Metro Line 3 reaches Doukissis Plakentias Station, where it will link with the suburban railway – Hospital doctors in Athens and Piraeus strike from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., demanding more money for extra work during the Olympics. – Education Minister Marietta Giannakou to open the exhibition «Teaching Art: The History of the Athens School of Fine Arts through the Work of its Professors from 1840-1974.» The exhibition is organized by the Athens School of Fine Arts and it will take place at its exhibition center at 256 Pireos, Rendi (tel 210.381.7643). – Olympic torch relay visits Grevena, Siatista and Kastoria. Thursday Part of Athens-Corinth highway at Kakia Skala to be opened to the public. The 8.5 kilometers of tunnels and other construction was the last part of major improvement works on the highway. – Deputy Culture Minister Petros Tatoulis to inaugurate the new permanent exhibition of the Byzantine Collection at the Athens Byzantine and Christian Museum. – Olympic torch relay visits Konitsa and Ioannina. Friday Second Rhodes International Cartoon Exhibition opens at the Museum of Neo-Hellenic Art on the island of Rhodes. The exhibition is organized by the Municipality of Rhodes in collaboration with the Organization for the Cultural Development of the Dodecanese. To August 16. For further information, call 22410.43038 or log on to – Olympic torch relay in Metsovo and Kalambaka (near Meteora monasteries). Saturday Olympic torch relay in Trikala, Karditsa, Larissa and Volos. Sunday Olympic torch relay visits Stylida, Lamia, Karpenisi and the islands of Skopelos and Skiathos.