NEWS

This Week

Monday PASOK party’s national council convenes. Left Coalition (Synaspismos) conference on «Kosovo-Balkans: Goals and Perspectives,» from 10 a.m. at the Zappeion Hall. Party chairman Alekos Alavanos will make the opening speech. Constitutional law professor and former Member of the European Parliament Dimitris Tsatsos presents his two latest books, «The Value System in the European Union» and «Major Institutional Issues in the European Union,» at the Goethe Institute at 7.30 p.m. Parliament Speaker Anna Psarouda-Benaki and Synaspismos chairman Alekos Alavanos will speak. Panhellenic Sports Press Association (PSAT) in cooperation with the European Soccer Federation (UEFA) holds an international press seminar on soccer at the Divani Caravel Hotel. Tel. 210.363.4719 or go to www.psat.gr. Tuesday Hellenic Management Association (EEDE) to award the prize «Manager of the Year 2004,» at 7 p.m. at the Benaki Museum. Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas will attend. Wednesday Hellenic Society for the Protection of the Environment and Cultural Heritage hosts a seminar on «Healthy Soil, Healthy Food and Healthy People,» at its premises at 28 Tripodon in Plaka, at 7 p.m. Tel. 210.322.5245 or log on to www.ellinikietairia.gr. Thessaloniki Communist-led peace movement (EDYETH) holds a conference on «Earthquake Protection for Thessaloniki: Measures and Initiatives,» at the Thessaloniki Journalists’ Union at 6 p.m. Earthquake specialist Vassilis Papazachos will speak. Fifth national congress of the Greek Committee for Water Resources Management (EEDYP) on «Integrated Management of Water Resources Based on the River Basin,» to be held in Xanthi prefecture. To Saturday. Tel. 25410.781.13 or go to www.waterinfo.gr. Thursday Athens pensioners to stage a protest against indirect tax increases with a rally at Kotzia Square at 10 a.m. They are expected to march through the city center. «Tourism Panorama» exhibition opens its doors at the Piraeus Port Authority (OLP). To Sunday. Friday President Karolos Papoulias to meet with his Bulgarian counterpart Georgi Parvanov in Thessaloniki. University of Patras is hosting a conference on «Educational Reforms» at the university’s premises. To Sunday. Tel. 2610.997.645 or log on to www.upatras.gr. Sports Teachers’ Association of Northern Greece holds a congress on «Physical Education and Sports,» at the Helexpo fairground in Thessaloniki. To Sunday. Tel. 2310.282.512 or go to www.egve.gr. Saturday Union of Judges and Prosecutors holds a general assembly to discuss action against the planned mass transfers of judicial officials. Sunday National highway toll increases come into effect. Cars will be charged 2 euros at each toll gate, up from the current 1.40 euros, on most national roads. On the Corinth-Patras section, tolls will rise to 2.50 euros. Attiki Odos charges remain unchanged.