NEWS

This Week

Monday Deputy Foreign Minister Evripidis Stylianidis to meet with ambassadors from South American countries. Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to meet with the chairman of the Communications Privacy Protection Authority (ADAE), Andreas Lambrinopoulos, and the chairman of the National Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT), Nikitas Alexandridis. Left Coalition Synaspismos president Alekos Alavanos to hold a press conference on the Bolkestein directive to open up the European Union services sector. Greek Federation of Bank Employees’ Unions (OTOE), Civil Servants’ Union (ADEDY) and General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE) to meet to decide common strike action. Tuesday Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to visit Dublin and Berlin. To Wednesday. Economy and Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis to attend Ecofin meeting in Brussels. Thursday Israeli President Moshe Katsav to pay an official visit to Athens. He is expected to meet with President Karolos Papoulias. To Friday. Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) to begin a 48-hour strike over financial and institutional demands. Hellenic Veterinary Multinational Society (HVMS) to host the 10th veterinary congress on «Technological Evolution and its Application in Veterinary Science» at the Athens Hilton Hotel. To Sunday. Call 210.502.6051 or log on to www.hvms.gr. Friday Seventh Dental Congress to begin at the University of Patras. To Sunday. Call 2610.993.999 or log on to www.confer.upatras.gr. Bank workers to stage a 24-hour strike demanding collective labor agreement. International Photo Festival to begin at the Thessaloniki Photography Museum. Runs through April. Saturday Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) to hold party’s third congress at the Porto Palace Hotel in Thessaloniki.