NEWS

This Week

Monday Bank employees to stage a 24-hour strike demanding a single auxiliary pension fund. At 10.30 a.m., protesters will gather outside their federation (OTOE) offices on Vissarionos Street in central Athens and then march to Parliament. Farmers affiliated with the Greek Communist Party are to stage a protest at Tempe, where other farmers have been protesting in recent days. Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis to attend EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels. Justice Minister Anastassis Papaligouras to announce judicial reform measures. The US Embassy consular section, including the federal benefits unit, will be closed today. Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis holds a press conference on «Athens, Two Years of Infrastructure Development: Prospects, Potential and Hopes for the City’s Future,» at 7 p.m. at the Athens Concert Hall. Prefectural town planning departments for central and northern Athens will be closed today and tomorrow as they are moving. The new premises for central areas are at 77 Syngrou Ave and for northern areas at 139 Irakleiou Ave. Tuesday Winter sales start. To February 28. New taxi fares come into effect. The flag rate increases from 75 to 85 cents and the minimum fare from 1.60 to 1.75 euros. President Costis Stephanopoulos pays an official visit to Belgium. To Saturday. Wednesday Technical Chamber of Greece organizes a conference on «Hospital Waste: Perils for Public Health and the Environment,» to be held at 9.30 a.m. at the Novotel Hotel. Tel. 210.329.1252-4. Deadline for immigrants from India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand who went home over the Christmas holiday to re-enter Greece. Thursday Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to speak at conference on «Challenges, Perspectives and New Means of Funding Investment, Business Activities and Initiatives for Development Cooperation in the Mediterranean,» to be held at the Grande Bretagne Hotel. Organized by the Federation of Greek Industries (SEV), in cooperation with the European Public Law Center. To Friday. Friday National Documentation Center (EKT) organizes a conference on «Citizens and Governance in the Information Society,» to be held at 9.30 p.m. at the National Research Center. Tel. 210.727.3926 or visit www.ekt.gr. Sunday Thessaloniki truck owners begin an open-ended strike.