NEWS

This Week

Monday PM Costas Karamanlis to meet with his Finnish counterpart Matti Vanhanen at the Maximos Mansion. At 10.30 a.m. he will meet with European Commission President Jose Manuel Durao Barroso. At noon he will meet with International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge. Economy and Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis to meet with representatives of the civil servants’ federation (ADEDY) to discuss a collective labor agreement. Macedonia-Thrace Minister Nikos Tsiartsionis will meet with Thessaloniki local authorities to discuss preparations for the city’s International Trade Fair. Tuesday Hunting season begins – 11 days later than the traditional date of August 20 – so as not to interfere with security measures for the Olympics. It will end on February 28. Wednesday Toll charges on the Attiki Odos are to go up 25 percent to 2.50 euros, from 2 euros. Transport Science and Technology Congress «Transtec 2004» at the Hilton Hotel. To Sunday. Tel. 210.988.9200 or visit www.transtec.gr. Thursday Greek Cypriot refugees from Morphou are to attend a service in their town’s church on the occasion of the feast day of Saint Mama. Fifth General Assembly of the Balkan Committee to be held in Komotini. Friday PASOK party celebrates the 30-year anniversary since its foundation. Party leader George Papandreou will speak. At the Vrachon Theater in Vyronas, Athens. Saturday Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Mt Athos. To tomorrow. Sunday Fourth International Symposium on «Environmental Aspects of Pesticide Microbiology: Pesticides, Soil Microbiology, Microbial Functions and Diversity,» organized by Pesticide Microbiology Group (SETAC) in cooperation with Aristotle University, opens at the Macedonia Palace in Thessaloniki. To Sept. 9. Tel. 2310.471.478 or visit www.auth.gr/research/conf.