NEWS

This Week

Monday Bank employees stage a 24-hour strike over pension fund demands. International conference of ministers of public administration and justice from member states of the Black Sea Cooperation Council, organized jointly by the ministries of Interior and Justice. At the Divani Caravel Hotel in Athens. Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis to attend EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels. Bank employees stage a 24-hour strike over pension fund reform. They will march to the Finance Ministry at 10.30 a.m. Drivers at Hellenic Post (ELTA) stage a 24-hour strike demanding more staff. Immigration Policy Institute (IMEPO) and the French Embassy organize a conference on «Immigration from France to America (19th-20th Century): An Historical Issue,» at Athens University. Tel. 210.725.5385 or log on to imepo.gr. Center for European Constitutional Law, in cooperation with Athens University, organizes a conference titled «Relations Between the State and the Mass Media: Freedom of Communication or State Control,» to be held at 6 p.m. the Athens Journalists’ Union (ESHEA). Tel. 210.362.3506 or log on to www.cecl.gr. The Princeton Club of Greece holds a lecture on «Tradition and Modernity,» to be held at 8 p.m. at Semiramis Hotel in Kifissia. Tel. 210.756.0749. US Embassy and consulates in Athens and Thessaloniki will be closed today in observance of Presidents Day. Tuesday Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to attend NATO and EU summits in Brussels, which US President George W. Bush will also attend. PASOK leader George Papandreou visits Crete. To Wednesday. Wednesday National Technical University, in cooperation with Center for Renewable Energy Sources, holds a conference titled «Application of Renewable Energy Sources: Perspectives and Priorities Toward the 2010 Target» to be held at the Athinaida conference hall in Votanikos. To Friday. Tel. 210.973.0697. Thursday Pensioners stage demonstrations across the country protesting at low pension increases. South African President Thabo Mbeki begins an official visit to Athens. To Saturday. South African Embassy and Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) hold a conference on «Contemporary International Challenges,» at the King George II Hotel, Syntagma. President Mbeki will speak. Tel. 210.725.7124. National federation of state hospital employees (POEDHN) stage a five-hour work stoppage demanding more pay and extra staff. British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce holds a conference on «Post-Games Use of Olympic Infrastructures,» to be held at 3.30 p.m. at the Athens Hilton. Alternate Culture Minister Fanni Palli-Petralia will speak. Tel. 210.729.5978-9. PASOK leader George Papandreou visits Stockholm to attend European Socialists’ meeting. American Community Schools of Athens hold the fifth symposium of UNESCO collaborating schools on «Cultural Heritage.» At 10 a.m., ACS, Halandri. To Friday. Tel. 210.639.3200. National Bank of Greece to announce annual financial results. Friday Farmers demanding payment of full prices and subsidies for their products plan a stage a protest at the Venizelos Statue in Thessaloniki at 6 p.m. Sunday Bar associations of Athens, Piraeus and Thessaloniki to elect new boards. To Monday. Left Coalition Synaspismos Chairman Alekos Alavanos to speak at a conference on the European Constitution, Education and Social Insurance in Thessaloniki, organized by the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA).