NEWS

This Week

Monday UN Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast visits Cyprus for talks with Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat. To Thursday. Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos visits Egypt. Tomorrow, he will visit Alexandria to meet with Patriarch Theodoros of Alexandria and All Africa. Parliament Speaker Anna Psarouda-Benaki travels to Japan. To Friday. Agriculture Minister Evangelos Bassiakos attends EU agriculture ministers meeting in Brussels. Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis attends the seventh Euro-Mediterranean ministerial meeting in Luxembourg. Transport Minister Michalis Liapis meets with representatives of driving instructors’ federation. US Embassy and consular sections to remain closed in observance of Memorial Day. Ninth annual meeting of journalists of the Greek diaspora. To Saturday. Education Minister Marietta Giannakou and the vice president of Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa, Vahe Torossian, hold a press conference at 1 p.m. at the King George II Hotel to present a new educational program «Partners in Education.» Technical Chamber of Greece holds a conference on «Shipbuilding Industry in Greece,» to be held at 5.30 p.m. at the Piraeus Nautical Club in Kastella. Deputy Defense Minister Vassilis Michaloliakos to make the opening speech. Tel. 210.329.1252-4. Tuesday Social Security Foundation (IKA) doctors stage a 48-hour strike demanding more staff. PASOK leader George Papandreou to meet with visiting journalists of the Greek diaspora. Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis to meet with the ambassadors of Pakistan, Portugal and Denmark. Wednesday Civil Aviation Authority staff are threatening to stage a 48-hour strike unless management meets their demand for unpaid bonuses from last year. Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis chairs National Foreign Policy Council meeting. General Secretariat for Press holds a conference on «Post-Olympic Greece» at 10 a.m. at Zappeion Hall, within the framework of the annual meeting of journalists of the diaspora. State Minister Theodoros Roussopoulos and Alternate Culture Minister Fanni Palli-Petralia will be among the speakers. Panhellenic Association of Women with Breast Cancer in cooperation with International Union Against Cancer hold the 13th «Reach to Recovery: International Breast Cancer Support Conference» on «Today’s Reality, Tomorrow’s Perspectives» at the Athens Imperial Hotel. To Saturday. Tel. 210.748.6006 or log on to www.breastcancerhellas.gr. Hellenic Medical Association for Obesity holds the 14th European congress on obesity «ECO 2005» to be held at the Athens Concert Hall. To Saturday. Tel. 210.698.5988 or visit www.eco2005.gr. Thursday President Karolos Papoulias attends International Foundation for Greek Language and Culture conference on «Hellenic Education and Classic Values: Models for Political and Economical Activities» at 9 a.m. at Zappeion Hall. Archbishop Christodoulos, Education Minister Marietta Giannakou and Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos to also attend. To Saturday. Tel. 210.339.2500-4. ustice Minister Anastassis Papaligouras to attend EU justice ministers meeting in Luxembourg. To Friday. nterdisciplinary Institute for Environmental Research (DIPE) holds the fifth International Film Festival «Eco-cinema 2005,» at the Athinaida conference hall in Votanikos. To June 7. Tel. 210.884.8055 or log on to www.dipe.gr. Friday Ecolife 2005 fair of environmentally friendly products and services begins at the Athens Olympic Sports Complex (OAKA). To Monday. Tel. 210.512.2139 or visit www.ecolife.gr. Athens University holds an international symposium on «Scientific and Regulatory Aspects of Dissolution and Bioequivalence,» at the Divani Caravel Hotel. To Sunday. Tel. 210.366.8854 or log on to www.afea.gr. Sunday Wessex Institute of Technology holds the sixth international conference on «Environmental Problems in Coastal Regions, Including Oil and Chemical Spill Studies» at the Paradise Royal Mare Hotel on Rhodes. To Tuesday. For details, go to www.wessex.ac.uk.