NEWS

This Week

Monday Taxi drivers stage a six-hour work stoppage from 3-9 p.m. They will meet to discuss future strike action demanding further increases in taxi fares. Judicial employees stage a 24-hour strike for more pay and more staff. President Karolos Papoulias to meet with his Bulgarian counterpart Georgi Parvanov in Thessaloniki. Funeral service for popular singer Grigoris Bithikotsis at 3 p.m. at Athens Cathedral, followed by burial at the First Cemetery. Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to meet with Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis. Mayor Bakoyannis to discuss location of new Panathinaikos stadium with representatives of the football club. Czech Defense Minister Karel Kuhnl visits Athens. Agriculture Minister Evangelos Bassiakos to meet with his Portuguese counterpart Jaime de Jesus Lopez Silva in Lisbon to discuss the EU’s new Common Agriculture Policy. Center for International and European Economic Law holds a conference on «The European Constitution: Challenges and Perspectives,» at 5.30 p.m. at its premises in Thessaloniki. Tel. 2310.486.900 or visit www.cieel.gr. Tuesday Greek, Russian and Bulgarian ministers to sign an agreement in Sofia opening the way for construction of the Burgas-Alexandroupolis pipeline. Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis visits Ankara. He will meet with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul. To Wednesday. Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis to attend Ecofin meeting in Luxembourg, which is to discuss Greece’s revised Stability and Growth program. Pensioners in Thessaloniki stage a demonstration at 10.30 a.m. outside the Labor Center protesting the government’s economic policy. Wednesday Deadline for binding proposals for purchase of Olympic Airlines. Hellenic Society for the Protection of the Environment and Cultural Heritage hosts a seminar on «Heavy Metals and Health,» at its premises at 28 Tripodon in Plaka, at 7 p.m. Tel. 210.322.5245 or log on to www.ellinikietairia.gr. Hellenic-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry holds a round-table discussion on «The New Development Law,» at the Royal Olympic Hotel at 5 p.m. Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas will make the opening speech. Tel. 210.721.0361. Synaspismos Left Coalition holds a conference on «Prices – Quality and Food Safety,» at 6.30 p.m. at the Titania Hotel in Athens. Tel. 210.321.9121. Thursday Foreign Minister of Serbia-Montenegro Vuk Draskovic visits Athens. Justice Minister Anastassis Papaligouras to attend EU justice ministers meeting in Luxembourg. First congress on «Medical Biochemistry,» at the War Museum. To Sunday. Tel. 210.721.3225. Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis to speak at a lunch hosted by the Piraeus Marine Club, at 1.30 p.m. Friday Central Union of Chambers of Commerce meets in Corinth to discuss government’s proposals for changes in working hours. Deputy Development Minister Yiannis Papathanassiou will attend. To Saturday. Saturday The American College of Thessaloniki holds the third annual Automobile Business Conference on «The Automobile and the Environment,» at the Kempinski Hotel. Tel. 2310.398.220. Sunday Elections held for a successor to veteran Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus.