NEWS

This Week

Monday State hospitals begin new roster system providing emergency services for more hours daily. Doctors are holding a 24-hour strike in protest, demanding more hirings and higher pay. Secondary school teachers’ federation holds a demonstration outside the Education Ministry at 12 noon, demanding more money. Handicapped people to demonstrate outside Health Ministry to protest downgrading of health and welfare services. National Economy and Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis meets with Hellenic Banks’ Association. State Prizes to be awarded at Thessaloniki film festival. Tuesday Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) holds a conference on «Technical Aspects of the American Electoral System and its Political Impact,» at ELIAMEP offices, 49 Vas. Sofias, 1 p.m. PASOK MP Petros Efthimiou will speak. Tel 210.725.57127. Ecocity, in cooperation with the Health Ministry, organizes a conference on «Environment, Health and Economy: Reducing Diesel-Powered Transport» to be held at Panteion University. For further information, tel 210.619.6757 or visit www.ecocity.gr. Wednesday Economist conferences organize an international banking conference on «Retail and IT Banking: Competition and the Customer,» at the Athenaeum Inter-Continental Hotel. Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis will speak. Tel 210.940.8750-2. Thursday Fifth General Assembly of Francophone countries is held at the Athens Concert Hall. To Sunday. Tel 210.339.8649. Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis visits Rome and London. Municipal employees stage 48-hour strike. Federation of Greek Port Employees (OMYLE) to stage a 48-hour strike to press for a new collective labor agreement. The Forum for Equality and Social Cohesion organizes a conference on «Racism, Xenophobia and the Media,» at the Zappeion Mansion. Labor Minister Panos Panayiotopoulos will speak. To tomorrow. Tel 210.991.9040 or visit www.colorinthemedia.gr. Friday Erasmus congress organizers and Naftemboriki daily holds a conference on «The Public Sector: Development and Competitiveness in a Globalized Environment,» at the Inter-Continental Hotel. Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz, Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis and National Bank of Greece’s governor Takis Arapoglou will speak. Tel 210.519.8148-9 or visit www.erasmus.gr. Foreign Minister Molyviatis visits Berlin and Vienna. Saturday Taxi drivers of Attica stage an eight-hour work stoppage from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., demanding access to bus lanes. Sunday Andreas Papandreou Institute for Strategic and Development Studies (ISTAME) holds a conference on «Citizens’ Society and National Health System: Conclusions and Perspectives,» on Zakynthos island. PASOK MP Dimitris Kremastinos will speak. Tel 210.363.1745-8.