This Week

Monday US Embassy in Athens, including its consular section, will be closed today in observance of American Independence Day. Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis holds a press conference on the Beach Volleyball World Tour Hellas Open, to be held between August 30 and September 4 at the Olympic facility in Faliron. Sports Minister Giorgos Orfanos to inaugurate the municipal swimming pool in Panorama, Thessaloniki. Tuesday Employees at the Athens Metro stage a work stoppage that will limit the system’s operating hours to between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. They are demanding a collective labor agreement. The General Secretariat for Gender Equality and the Interior Ministry, in cooperation with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Greece, hold a conference on «Women Refugees and Asylum Seekers,» starting at noon at Zappeion Hall. Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos will speak. Tel. 210.672.6462-3. Wednesday The General Confederation of Greek Small Businesses and Traders (GSEVEE) will hold a demonstration at 2 p.m. outside the Parliament in Athens. Meanwhile, store employees in Thessaloniki stage a 24-hour strike opposing the government’s decision to extend store working hours. Protesters will demonstrate at 10.30 a.m. at Tsimiski and Aristotelous streets. Bank employees (OTOE) stage a two-hour work stoppage in solidarity with store employees. Hellenic Union for Human Rights in cooperation with Research Center for Minority Group (KEMO) hold the second national migration dialogue at 5 p.m. at the auditorium of the General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE) on Patission. For details, log on to Thursday University of Athens in cooperation with the Research and Training Institute of the East Aegean hold an international conference on «Information and Communication Technologies in Health,» at the Institute’s premises on Samos. Health Minister Nikitas Kaklamanis will make opening speech. To Saturday. Tel. 210.645.9812, 22730.94537 or log on to Hotel employees stage a demonstration at 5.30 p.m. at Dionysiou Areopagitou Street and at 7.30 p.m. at Aristotelous Square in Thessaloniki over financial and institutional demands. Friday Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos visits Lesvos to attend the ninth assembly of the general secretaries of the country’s 13 regions. To Saturday. Saturday Association of European Journalists, in cooperation with the Institute for Journalism Studies and Research (IDME), hold a conference on «Development: Economy and Culture,» at the cultural center of Amfissa prefecture. Deputy Environment Minister Stavros Kaloyiannis and Deputy Culture Minister Petros Tatoulis will speak. To Sunday. Tel. 210.674.8713 or 210.363.3427.

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