This Week

Monday The US Embassy in Athens and Consulate General in Thessaloniki will be closed today in observance of Labor Day. Transport Minister Michalis Liapis visits Thessaloniki. To tomorrow. PASOK leader George Papandreou chairs his party’s political council at the Titania Hotel. Education and culture issues will top the agenda. Tuesday Left Coalition Party President Alekos Alavanos meets with the board of the Union of Municipalities and Communities of Greece (KEDKE). Italian Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini pays an official visit to Athens. He is expected to meet with Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and other government officials. Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos meets with the board of the Union of Municipalities and Communities of Greece (KEDKE). Transport Minister Michalis Liapis will inaugurate new offices of Hellenic Postal Service (ELTA) in Serres, northern Greece. Thursday Bus drivers stage a five-hour work stoppage from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to attend their union’s general assembly. University of Ioannina holds the seventh international workshop on «Mathematical Methods in Scattering Theory and Biomedical Engineering» at the Nikios School in Nymphaio, northern Greece. To Sunday. Tel. 26510.98.820 or log on to Public Order Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis attends an EU public order ministers meeting in Gateshead, Newcastle, in the UK. To Wednesday. Hellenic American Union hosts a photo exhibition titled «Ground Zero: New York – A Year Later» at Kennedy and Hadzikyriakos Ghikas Galleries in Kolonaki. Health Minister Nikitas Kaklamanis will attend the opening at 8.30 p.m. The exhibition runs through September 24. The second international workshop on «Rapid Integration of Software Engineering Techniques» takes place at the Aldemar Knossos Royal Village Hotel in Iraklion, Crete. To tomorrow. Tel. 2810.391.742 or log on to Friday Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis inaugurates the 70th International Trade Fair at the Helexpo fairground in Thessaloniki. Saturday The 41st annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes will commence at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Neo Faliron. To Thursday. Tel. 210.729.5160 or log on to Labor unions hold a demonstration at 6.30 p.m. at the Eleftherios Venizelos statue in Thessaloniki in view of the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair, where Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis will be presenting the government’s economic policy. Sunday Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis holds a press conference at 1 p.m. at the 70th Thessaloniki International Trade Fair. The third meeting of the International Society for the History of Medicine on «Water and Medicine» takes place at the Astir Hotel in Patras. To Wednesday. Tel. 2610.226.530.