This Week

MONDAY Prime Minister Costas Simitis to meet with ruling PASOK party general secretary Costas Laliotis. Municipal elections (slated for October) will top the agenda. Later, PASOK’s Executive Bureau will discuss the coming elections and the current protests by farmers. – Teachers at Technical Colleges (TEI) meet to discuss further strike action. – Deadline for the government to decide whether to continue negotiations with Australia’s Integrated Airline Solutions (IAS) on the privatization of Olympic Airways. – Opposition New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis is in Britain and is expected to meet with several high ranking government officials. To Wednesday. TUESDAY PM Simitis pays an official visit to Romania. – The Genoa 2000 anti-globalization initiative will be holding a demonstration in solidarity with the people of Argentina, at the old Athens University on Panepistimiou Street, at 6.30 p.m. – US Ambassador Thomas Miller visits NATO’s Joint Command Southcent (JCSC) in Tyrnavos, Larissa. WEDNESDAY PM Simitis chairs a Cabinet meeting at Maximos Mansion to discuss corruption issues. – Doctors at Social Security Foundation (IKA) begin a five-day strike, demanding permanent contracts for long-term contract workers. THURSDAY Health Minister Alekos Papadopoulos attends meeting of EU health ministers in Malaga, Spain. – Athens Journalists’ Union has scheduled a 24-hour strike. FRIDAY Foreign Minister George Papandreou attends informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Caceres, Spain. – Senior High School Teachers’ Federation (OLME) stages a 24-hour strike protesting against the new education bill. – Gennadius Library and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens inaugurate the Costen Hall and the newly renovated east wing of its library. President Costis Stephanopoulos will attend. For further details call 010.7236313.

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