NEWS

This Week

Monday Greek Sports Press Association (PSAT) opens an international conference on «Sports and the Mass Media» at the Grecotel Larissa Imperial Hotel, Larissa. Deputy Culture Minister Giorgos Orfanos, who holds the sports portfolio, to make the opening address. To tomorrow. Tel. 210.363.5777. Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos inaugurates the new offices of the Directorate of Immigration at Petrou Ralli and 2 Salaminas in Rouf. Education Minister Marietta Giannakou attends an interfaith meeting in Istanbul. Deputy Education Minister Giorgos Kalos holds a press conference on the new «second chance school,» which is to be constructed at the Rizareios School. At noon at the school, 24 Vas. Sofias. American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry holds the 16th annual conference on «The Greek Economy. USA, Europe and the Arab World. Extroversity and Development,» starting at 12.30 p.m. at the Athenaeum Inter-Continental Hotel. Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas and US Ambassador Charles Ries to speak. To tomorrow. Tel. 210.699.3559. Tuesday Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis attends EU finance ministers meeting in Brussels. Bank workers’ federation (OTOE) stages a 24-hour strike in solidarity with Emporiki bank employees. Protesters plan to demonstrate at 10 a.m. outside the Evelpidon Court, awaiting the verdict regarding the workers’ social insurance status. Wednesday Defense Minister Spilios Spiliotopoulos chairs the parliamentary committee on defense and foreign affairs. Thursday Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis travels to Japan for an official visit. To Monday. Civil Servants’ Association (ADEDY) stages a 24-hour strike over wage demands. Protesters will march to the Finance Ministry, starting at 11 a.m. Primary and nursery school teachers stage a 48-hour strike over financial and institutional demands. The Central Union of Municipalities and Communities of Greece (KEDKE) holds its annual congress on the island of Rhodes. To Sunday. Friday Hellenic Open University holds the third international conference on «Open and Distance Learning: Applications of Pedagogy and Technology,» at the University of Patras. To Sunday. Tel. 2610.367.336 or log on to www.eap.gr. Sunday Mediation and Arbitration Organization (OMED) holds the first Balkan congress on «Collective Negotiations as a form of Social Dialogue: Breaking the Negotiation Deadlock,» at the Electra Palace Hotel in Thessaloniki. Tel. 210.881.4922 or log on to www.omed.gr.