NEWS

This Week

Monday New Democracy MPs to present Parliament with motion to hold inquiry into alleged improprieties in former government’s defense procurements. Greek-Serbian business and economic relations conference at Zappeion’s Aigli venue at 9 a.m. Speakers include Serb Minister for International Financial Affairs Predrag Bubalo, Minister of International Capital Investments Velimir Ilich and Tourism Minister Bojan Dimitrijevic. Tel 210.728.900. Greek defense industry contractors host an international conference on «Armaments, Cooperation and the Economy.» Defense Minister Spilios Spiliotopoulos to speak. Textile workers from Naoussa rally in Athens’s central Vathis Sq at 10.30 p.m. before marching to the Labor Ministry. Annual fair of Greek books begins on Dionysiou Areopagitou walkway next to the Acropolis. To October 17. Third annual celebration of Actors’ Day this evening at the Herod Atticus Theater. Events include readings by acclaimed Greek actors and musical interludes by the ERT National Symphony Orchestra. For ticket information, tel 210.928.2000. Tuesday Defendory International 2004 arms fair begins at the Piraeus Port Organization (OLP). To Saturday. «The Global Security Agenda: Meeting the Challenges of Today and Tomorrow,» sponsored by Economist Conferences. At the Intercontinental Hotel. Wednesday European Commission to release a crucial report on Turkey’s democratization progress, which will form the basis for a December 17 decision by EU leaders on whether to invite Ankara to start accession talks. Verdict expected in trial of five suspected members of the Revolutionary Popular Struggle (ELA) group. Short-term contract employees of the Culture Ministry hold 48-hour strike and organize protests outside the Culture Ministry on Bouboulinas St, as well as at archaeological sites. To Thursday. Technical college (TEI) teachers stage 48-hour strike demanding further funds from the Ministry of Education. Thursday Prof. Joseph Quinlan, a fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, speaks on Transatlantic relations at an event organized by ELIAMEP at the National Research Foundation at 1 p.m, 48 Vas. Constantinou Ave. Tel. 210.725.7110-11. Fulbright Foundation in Athens organizes American universities’ fair at the Holiday Inn Hotel, 50 Michalakopoulou St, from 2-7 p.m. Admission is free. See www.fulbright.gr. Vavel comic art festival begins at its usual venue, the Technopolis arts complex at Gazi. To October 10. Friday Communist Party hosts meeting of 65 Communist and workers’ parties from around the world for a conference on «Resistance to Imperialist Aggression.» To Sunday. Saturday Communist-led labor unions lead protest in central Athens, demanding a range of things, including minimum wage of 1,200 euros, scrapping of VAT, pensions at 60 for men and 55 for women, and removal of security surveillance cameras. Greece plays Ukraine in a World Cup soccer qualifier.