NEWS

This Week

MONDAY Foreign Minister George Papandreou goes to Brussels for a meeting of EU foreign ministers with Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah. To Tuesday. – Agriculture Minister Giorgos Drys travels to Brussels for a meeting of EU agriculture ministers. An European Commission proposal on the amendment of some special measures supporting agricultural production on small Aegean islands will be on the agenda. To Tuesday. – Economy Minister Nikos Christodoulakis and the governor of the National Bank of Greece, Theodoros Karatzas, go to Belgrade to inaugurate the new National Bank of Greece department for the region. – A new bill on passport issuing procedures is to be tabled in Parliament. – The Culture Ministry, in cooperation with the organization for the construction of the new Acropolis Museum, will hold a conference featuring the architect Bernard Tschumi, who will lecture on «The Architecture of the New Acropolis Museum.» In the amphitheater of the Culture Ministry, 20, Bouboulinas Street. At 8p.m. – The American College, in cooperation with the Constantine Karamanlis Institute and the American Chamber of Commerce, will hold a conference on «The Greek perspective in the era of the euro and globalization.» At Anatolia College in Thessaloniki. – The US Embassy in Athens, including the consular section, the US Consulate-General in Thessaloniki and other US government offices in Greece, will be closed today in observance of Presidents’ Day. TUESDAY Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash conclude the first series of meetings on reunification talks in Nicosia. – Doctors employed at the Social Security Foundation (IKA) to go on a five-day strike. To Monday. – Municipal workers across the country stage a three-hour work stoppage over outstanding labor issues. Municipal offices will be open until 11:30 a.m. – Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos to inaugurate the exhibition of preliminary studies submitted to the international contest for the new Acropolis Museum. At the Weiler building, 2-4 Makriyianni Street, 11 a.m. – The Embassy of Luxembourg, in cooperation with the Hellenic Center for European Studies (EKEM) and the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) is hosting a lecture on «Europe – Our Natural Area.» The lecture will be delivered by Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker and the minister of state and finance of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. At the Old Parliament building. WEDNESDAY The chairman of Patras Cultural Development Municipal Enterprise Victoria Angelopoulou will hold a press conference on «2002 Patras Carnival.» At the Athens Cultural Center, 50 Academias. THURSDAY Transport and Communications Minister Christos Verelis travels to Vitoria, Spain for an informal meeting of EU telecoms ministers. To Saturday. FRIDAY Prime Minister Costas Simitis to visit the prefectures of Pella and Imathia. To Saturday. – Foreign Minister George Papandreou travels to Warsaw, where he will hold talks with top government officials on bilateral issues. – Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos travels to Thessaloniki for a meeting of southeastern Europe culture ministers. To Saturday. – The Foreign Women’s Network is holding a conference on «Career and Employment Opportunities for Foreign Women in Greece.» At the European Center for the Development of Vocational Training auditorium, Thessaloniki. For further details, call 010.984.6173. – Municipal workers, including rubbish collectors, start a 48-hour strike demanding equal pay for permanent and contract workers and payment of bonuses. SATURDAY Local state secondary school teachers’ unions meet to take final decisions on further protest action. SUNDAY The Athens Bar Association holds elections. To Monday.