NEWS

This Week

TUESDAY Bank employees stage a 24-hour strike over pension fund demands. Agriculture Minister Evangelos Bassiakos attends council of EU agriculture ministers in Luxembourg. Eleni Vlachou prize for journalism to be awarded to Kathimerini diplomatic correspondent Costas Iordanidis. The prize is to be awarded by Parliament Speaker Anna Psarouda-Benaki, at a ceremony at 1 p.m. at Zappeion Hall. «Ecofilms» international film and visual arts festival begins in Rhodes. To Sunday. Tel. 210.363.6390. WEDNESDAY Memorial service marking nine years since the death of PASOK founder Andreas Papandreou to be held at the First Cemetery in Athens at 3 p.m. Turkey’s army chief Yasar Buyukanit conducts an official visit to Greece. Athens-Piraeus prefectural council meets to discuss organ and blood donation. Agriculture Ministry, in cooperation with the local authorities of Kozani prefecture, holds a conference on «The Application of the New Common Agricultural Policy in Greece,» to be held at 9 a.m. at the prefecture offices. Tel. 2461.067.100. Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis, Minister of State Theodoros Roussopoulos and the president of the Therapy Center for Dependent Individuals (KETHEA) hold a press conference to present a memorandum of agreement for the construction of the new drug rehabilitation center «Epilogi» by the City of Athens. At 11 a.m. at Zappeion Hall. Regional development congress on «Development Strategy for 2007-2013» to be held at the premises of Drama local authorities. Foundation for Mediterranean Studies holds a conference on «The European Constitution: The Reasons and Impact of French and Dutch Rejection,» at 6.30 p.m. at the Foreign Ministry. Tel. 210.363.6026. THURSDAY The International Herald Tribune and Kathimerini host the IHT’s third partnership alliance conference in Athens. A public panel on «Covering Religion: The New Superpower of the 21st Century?» to be held at Zappeion Hall, 7 p.m. Tel. 210.480.8224. The conference ends on Friday. The Department of Mediterranean Studies at the University of the Aegean holds a conference on «Mediterranean Syntax,» at the Aquarium of Rhodes. To Saturday. Tel. 22410.99342 or log on to www.rhodes.aegean.gr. The International Herald Tribune sponsors the Publishing Alliance Conference 2005, starting at 9 a.m. at the Hotel Grande Bretagne. To Friday. Tel. 210.480.8224. Professors at Technical Colleges (TEI) hold a 48-hour strike over wage demands. To Thursday. FRIDAY General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE) holds a 24-hour strike. Environment Minister Giorgos Souflias to attend EU environment ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg. The German-Greek Academy for Biomedical Research (GGABR) in cooperation with the University of Ioannina holds a conference on «New Trends in Biomedical Research,» on the university’s premises.To Friday. Tel. 26510.701.11 or log on to www.uoi.gr/conferences. SATURDAY The Hellenic American Union holds a seminar on «Effective Proofreading» at its premises in Kolonaki. Tel. 210.368.0056.