NEWS

This Week

Monday EU foreign ministers meet on the General Affairs and External Relations Council to discuss financial perspectives for the period 2007-2013. To tomorrow. High-level delegation of clerics sent to Rome by Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios is to meet with Pope Benedict XVI. Easter shopping hours. Stores open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Thursday. Australian Embassy holds a commemoration of Anzac Day at 11 a.m. at the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Alimos. Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis meets with visiting Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Chizhov at the Foreign Ministry. General assembly of the Bank of Greece’s shareholders starts at noon at the bank’s general headquarters in Athens. Emporiki Bank holds its general assembly at noon at the Hilton Hotel in Athens. Tuesday Economy Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis and Labor Minister Panos Panayiotopoulos are to meet with senior members of the Economic and Social Committee to draw up a framework for talks on pension reform. Friday The country’s state-run museums and archaeological sites will be shut until midday for Good Friday. Stores open from 1 to 7 p.m. Good Friday processions in the evening to result in temporary road closures around the country. Saturday Stores open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday Stores closed for Orthodox Easter Sunday. Official May Day celebrations have been shifted to May 11. Gas stations extend their opening hours until 10.30 p.m. as of Sunday.