NEWS

This Week

Merchant Marine Minister Christos Papoutsis meets with the leadership of the Greek Shipping Cooperation Committee. -Agriculture Minister Giorgos Anomeritis to attend informal meeting of EU agriculture ministers at Alden-Biezen, Belgium. -The Supreme Court’s A Section scheduled to convene to review the issue of German reparations. -The Defense Ministry sponsors a Book Exhibition at the War Museum, Vassilisis Sophias Avenue and Rizari Street. Defense Minister Akis Tsochadzopoulos will inaugurate it. To Sunday. -President Costis Stephanopoulos to inaugurate 30th annual book fair at the Pedion tou Areos in Athens. TUESDAY Doctors employed at the state-run Social Security Foundation stage a 24-hour strike. -Athens Bar Association holds a one-day strike as lawyers demand immediate hiring of judges and judicial clerks, computerization of judicial services and application of new articles of the Civil Jurisprudence Code. WEDNESDAY The Federation of Olympic Airways employees (OSPA) to stage a 24-hour strike demanding that the government declare the privatization tender void. -The Special Supreme Court scheduled to meet to discuss the issue of German reparations. This may be postoned. -Auction of German state property (Goethe Institute and school of archaeology) scheduled. This is to provide reparations to relatives of 214 people massacred in the village of Distomo in 1944. Auction may be postponed if court accepts German request for a freeze. -National Technical University of Athens and the University of Patras co-sponsor EUROGEN 2001: Evolutionary Methods for Design, Optimization and Control with Applications for Industrial Problems. To Friday. THURSDAY Interior Minister Vasso Papandreou and Justice Minister Michalis Stathopoulos travel to Brussels for an extraordinary meeting of EU interior and justice ministers to discuss the war against terrorism. -Drivers of blue buses in Athens stage two work-stoppages, from 5 a.m to 7 a.m, and from 10 p.m to 12 a.m., demanding the hiring of more staff and technicians. FRIDAY Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee arrives in Nicosia, Cyprus, on an official visit, during which he is expected to hold talks with the island’s leadership. -National Economy and Finance Minister Yiannos Papantoniou to attend an informal session of EU economic and finance ministers in Liege, Belgium.