NEWS

This Week

Monday Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis chairs a meeting of the New Democracy parliamentary group. Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis to present the draft of the state budget for 2006. Transport Minister Michalis Liapis scheduled to visit head offices of the Company of Thermal Buses (ETHEL) at 10.30 a.m. Tuesday Constantine Karamanlis Institute for Democracy holds a conference on «The European and American Social & Economic Model,» held at 7 p.m. at the Grande Bretagne Hotel. The president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, Jeremy Rifkin, will be the keynote speaker. Tel. 210.725.7495. Andreas Papandreou Institute for Strategic and Development Studies (ISTAME) holds a conference on «Challenges for Europe After the German Elections,» to be held at 7.30 p.m. in the amphitheater of Goethe Institute. Tel. 210.363.1745-8 or visit www.istame.gr. 30th annual Interferry conference begins at the Astir Palace Hotel in Vouliagmeni. To Friday. For details, www.interferry.com. Wednesday United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Athens holds a press conference to present annual report on refugee treatment in Greece. At noon at the Greek Journalists’ Union, 20 Academias. Hellenic Committee of Hydrogeology holds the seventh hydrogeology conference and second workshop on «Hydrogeology of Fissured Rocks» at the Caravel Hotel in Athens. To Thursday. Tel. 210.727.4406 or visit www.iah-hellas.geol.uoa.gr. Thursday The board of the European Central Bank to meet for the first time in Athens at Zappeion Hall. Friday Central Union of Greek Municipalities and Communities (KEDKE) in cooperation with the Pan-Hellenic Network of Ecological Organizations hold a three-day conference on «Renewable Energy Sources,» on island of Lesvos. Tel. 210.389.9640. Saturday The Association of Greek Chemists holds the second Macedonian Environmental Conference, at the Thessaloniki Port Authority. Environment Minister Giorgos Souflias to attend. To Wednesday. Tel. 2310.278.077 or visit www.eex.gr.