NEWS

This Week

Monday Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos to present the report of Public Administration Inspectors and Controllers Agency (SEEDD) for 2004. Mayor Dora Bakoyannis presents the municipality’s cultural agenda for Athens this summer. Transport Minister Michalis Liapis to meet with Attica prefects to discuss corruption in the system of awarding drivers’ licenses. Communist Party leader Aleka Papariga to meet with the board of the bank workers’ federation (OTOE). Bank employees hold a demonstration at 5 p.m. at the Bretagne Theater on Panepistimiou St. Institute of International Relations holds a round-table discussion on «Holocaust and National Destruction: Memories and Reconciliation,» at 7 p.m. at the Pavlos Melas Mansion, 93 Aeolou. Tel. 210.331.3575 or see www.idis.gr. Thessaloniki Bar Association holds a conference on «The European Constitution and its Impact on European Political Integration,» at 7 p.m. at the Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry. PASOK MP Evangelos Venizelos will speak. Tel. 2310.370.100. Tuesday Bank employees stage a 48-hour strike over pension fund demands. Protesters will hold a demonstration outside the headquarters of the Agricultural Bank of Greece at 23 Panepistimiou St at 11 a.m. Former President Costis Stephanopoulos will be honored at the Inaugural AHI Hellenic Heritage and National Public Service Awards Gala Dinner, to be held at the Hotel Grande Bretagne. The Greek Ombudsman and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees representatives in Greece hold a press conference to present the guidelines on unaccompanied children seeking asylum, at noon at the Ombudsman offices, 5 Hadziyianni Mexi. Tel. 210.728.9610. Communist-led unions stage a rally outside the Education Ministry at 11 a.m., protesting at the bill regarding the evaluation of universities and professors. Egyptian Transport Minister Essam Sharaf visits Athens. He is expected to meet with his Greek counterpart Michalis Liapis to discuss coastal shipping connections between Greece and Egypt. To Wednesday. The University of Thessaloniki, Cosmote mobile telephony and Microsoft Hellas hold a press conference to present the «SmartEyes» program for people with visual impairments. At noon at the Zappeion’s Aigli restaurant. Wednesday The Moscow Virtuosi Orchestra is scheduled to play at the Byzantine and Christian Museum at 9 p.m. as part of a Culture Ministry initiative to stage free nocturnal concerts at three museums every month. Concerts are also scheduled for the same time at the Archaeological Collection of Kifissia and at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. Thursday Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis visits Luxembourg. Piraeus port workers begin rolling 24-hour strikes. Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to receive honorary doctorate from the University of Thessaloniki, at 7 p.m. Friday Tax employees stage a 24-hour strike. Workers at Hellenic Petroleum (ELPE) refinery begin rolling 24-hour strikes after the breakdown of collective labor agreement talks with the firm’s management. Panhellenic Federation of Accountants stages a 24-hour strike over financial demands. Saturday Local Authorities of Patras hold a conference on «Tourism Development and Major Works,» at 10 a.m. at the Patras Port Authority. Deputy Tourism Minister Anastassios Liaskos and ND Central Committee Secretary Evangelos Meimarakis will attend. Sunday National Technical University of Athens holds 24th International Conference on «Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering,» at the Porto Carras Hotel in Halkidiki. To Friday. For details log on to www.asmeconferences.org/OMAE05.