NEWS

This Week

MONDAY PASOK leader George Papandreou visits Thessaloniki to meet with local authorities in view of the International Trade Fair. To tomorrow. US Embassy and consulates in Athens and Thessaloniki will remain closed today in observance of Labor Day. Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis to chair a meeting of Interior, Labor, Health, Public Order and Merchant Marine ministries to coordinate actions on illegal immigration, within the framework of the EU. Eurostat team comes to check on Greece’s fiscal deficit. Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to meet with board of the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (SVVE), 11 a.m. at Maximos Mansion. TUESDAY General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE) meets to discuss issues concerning labor market after the Olympic Games. Taxi Drivers’ Union in Thessaloniki meets to decide whether to go on strike during the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair. They are protesting at their exclusion from the bus lanes. President of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Stavros Andreadis holds a press conference on post-Olympic strategies for the Greek tourism sector. At 12.30 p.m., Grande Bretagne Hotel. THURSDAY Paralympic Torch to be lit. The flame will pass through 54 municipalities, starting from Thiseion in Athens. Health Minister Nikitas Kaklamanis to attend informal meeting of EU health ministers in Noordwijk, Netherlands. To tomorrow. FRIDAY Civil Servants’ Federation (ADEDY) convenes to decide strike action over financial demands. Paralympic Torch relay visits Dafni, Hymettus, Ilioupolis, Argyroupolis, Hellenikon, Glyfada, Voula, Varkiza and Vouliagmeni. Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to inaugurate Thessaloniki International Trade Fair, 8 p.m. SATURDAY Thessaloniki International Trade Fair opens at the Helexpo fairground. Paralympic Torch relay visits the regions of Koropi, Kalyvia, Saronida, Palaia Fokaia, Keratea and Lavreotiki. Communist-led PAME labor movement holds demonstration at 6 p.m. at the Eleftherios Venizelos statue in Thessaloniki in view of the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair. At 8.30 p.m. they will rally on the Helexpo fairground, where Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis will be presenting the government’s financial policy. Greek Computer Society (EPY) in cooperation with the University of Athens and the Education Ministry organize the 16th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI 2004) to be held at the Olympic Press Village in Maroussi. To September 18. For further details, visit www.ioi2004.org. Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to inaugurate the exhibition titled «Identity Issues» at 6 p.m. at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki. The exhibition will run through October 3. SUNDAY Paralympic Torch relay visits regions of Markopoulo, Paeania and Spata.