This Week

Monday President Costis Stephanopoulos begins a two-day official visit to Albania. Prime Minister and Culture Minister Costas Karamanlis to meet with composer and former Culture Minister Thanos Mikroutsikos at 10.30 a.m. Contract employees in all sectors stage a four-hour work stoppage from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to press demands for permanent status. Olympic Airlines aircraft technicians (EPTAOA) stage two three-hour work stoppages, from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., opposing privatization of the OA technical section while demanding the immediate hiring of more staff. Tuesday Economist conferences organize the «Second e-Government Forum,» at the Inter-Continental Hotel. Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis and PASOK MP and former EU Commissioner Anna Diamantopoulou will be among the speakers. Tel. 210.940.8750-2 or visit UNHCR organizes a seminar on «Basic Principles for the Protection of Refugees. Code of Conduct-Operation Code.» At the Stratos Vassilikos Hotel, 114 Michalakopoulou Ave, tel 210.672.6462-3. Parliament to honor Greek Olympic medalists at a ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Parliament Building. Wednesday Left Coalition Party (Synaspismos) holds a conference on «Relations Between the Political Leadership and Mass Media,» at the Zappeion Hall, 10 a.m. Tel. 210.337.8522 or visit Thursday Civil servants’ federation (ADEDY) stages a 24-hour strike with financial demands. Primary and secondary school teachers as well as the Greek federation of private school teachers (OIELE) stage a 24-hour strike with financial and institutional demands. At noon, a protest rally is scheduled outside the Education Ministry. EPTAOA stages a 24-hour strike. Central Union of Municipalities and Communities of Greece (KEDKE) holds its annual congress. To Saturday. Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis to attend Ecofin meeting in Luxembourg. Nicos Poulantzas Society holds a conference on «US Elections 2004: How the American Left Votes.» At Athens University, 6 p.m. Tel. 210.321.7745 or visit Hellenic Psychological Society organizes a congress on «Psychology and Health,» at Panteion University. Tel. 210.954.9100. Fifth Panhellenic and Second Balkan Congress on Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery starts at the Hilton Hotel. To Sunday. Tel. 210.364.3906 or visit Friday National Technical University of Athens holds a conference on «Training, Research and Technology in Hydrology and Environmental Management of Water Resources in Greece – Present and Future,» at the university campus, Zografou. Tel. 210.772.2878.