NEWS

This Week

MONDAY Bank employees launch a series of 48-hour strikes over pension fund demands. The trial of eight people charged in connection with the Express Samina sinking in 2000 continues at the Athens Court of Appeals following protests about cramped conditions at the original Piraeus courthouse. National Center for Public Administration and Self-Government (EKDDA) hosts a conference on «Integrated Information Systems of the Regions» at its premises at 211 Pireos & 2 Thrakis in Tavros, from 9.30 a.m. Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos to attend. Tel. 210.349.6277 or log on to www.ekdd.gr. Deputy Foreign Minister Evripidis Stylianidis and UN Goodwill Ambassador Nana Mouskouri hold a press conference on «Hellenic Aid: Greece – World Humanity Power,» at noon at Zappeion Hall. Deputy Agriculture Minister Alexandros Kontos inaugurates the new water reservoir in Larissa. The Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE) starts its swifter service between Thessaloniki and Sofia, using new trains that cover the route in five hours and 45 minutes. Daily departures from Thessaloniki at 7 a.m. and 5.40 p.m. Deputy Culture Minister Petros Tatoulis inaugurates the «Traditional Customs of Macedonia and Thrace» exhibition to be held at the Folklore and Ethnological Museum of Macedonia-Thrace in Thessaloniki. The Greek Communist Party’s (KKE) central committee hosts a conference on the victory against facism in World War II. At KKE’s headquarters in Perissos from 7 p.m. Tuesday Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis to attend EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg. To Wednesday. The Communist-affiliated labor movement PAME stages a demonstration outside the Carrefour hypermarket on Yiannitson St in Thessaloniki, protesting the introduction of flexible working hours. From 7.30 p.m. Wednesday The Federation of Greek Industries (SEV) holds a press conference at 1 p.m. at its premises, 5 Xenophontos. Thursday Piraeus port workers stage a 48-hour strike. Civil Servants’ Union (ADEDY) stages a 24-hour strike over wage demands. Employees at public utilities (DEKO) stage a three-hour work stoppage from noon protesting the government’s labor reforms. Employees of the Athens metro stage a four-hour work stoppage from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. while Athens Urban Transport Organization (OASA) employees will strike from noon to 3 p.m. Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis attends European Council meeting on the EU budget and the European Constitution in Brussels. To Saturday. Agriculture Minister Evangelos Bassiakos chairs Agricultural Policy Council meeting. Greek Physicists’ Association (EEF) holds a conference on «Science and Art» at the Eugenides Foundation. To Sunday. Tel. 210.363.5701 or log on to www.eef.gr. Biopolitics International Organization (BIO) presents a publication on the life and work of Dag Hammarskjold, secretary-general of the United Nations from 1953-1961, by former Swedish diplomat and scholar Kai Falkman, a BIO trustee. At Zappeion Hall, at 6 p.m. President Karolos Communist-affiliated PAME labor movement to stage a demonstration outside the Economy Ministry from 6 p.m. Friday Fifteenth assembly of the Mediterranean Green Network, «Architectural and Town-Planning Heritage as a Factor in Ecological Equilibrium in the Mediterranean» to be held on Hydra. To Sunday.