NEWS

This Week

TUESDAY Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to chair a Cabinet meeting. Technical Chamber of Greece in cooperation with the Central Union of Municipalities and Communities of Greece (KEDKE) holds a conference on «Town Planning and the Constitution,» at 5 p.m. at the Ionic Center in Plaka. Tel. 210.389.9600 or log on to www.tee.gr or www.kedke.gr. New Democracy Secretary Lefteris Zagoritis visits Thessaloniki. He is expected to meet with Macedonia-Thrace Minister Giorgos Kalatzis. Deputy Foreign Minister Evripidis Stylianidis visits FYROM to inaugurate the new consular offices in Bitola. Transport and Communications Minister Michalis Liapis to meet with Romania’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology Zsolt Nagy. Bank of Greece employees stage a 24-hour strike protesting Governor Nikos Garganas’s decision to transfer security employees who allegedly failed to stop unionists entering his office during the strike last Tuesday. WEDNESDAY Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to speak at a conference hosted by Parliament on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos visits Athens for talks with Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and President Karolos Papoulias. Greek Teachers’ Federation (DOE) and High School Teachers Federation (OLME) stage a protest rally in Rethymnon, Crete, over financial and institutional demands. Panteion University in cooperation with Kastaniotis Publishers hold a public discussion on «Traditional Journalism and the Challenge of the New Media,» at 7 p.m. at the National Research Foundation, 48 Vas. Constantinou. American author and journalist Bill Kovach will be the keynote speaker. Tel. 210.920.1338 or log on to www.kastaniotis.com. University of Patras holds a conference on «Biotechnology and Civilization,» on its campus. To Saturday. Tel. 2610.993.999 or log on to www.upatras.gr. THURSDAY Eighth international exhibition on education begins at the exhibition center of the Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) through Sunday. Tel. 210.922.1254 or log on to www.ekpaidefsi.gr. Environment Minister Giorgos Souflias to attend EU environment ministers meeting in Brussels. EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn visits Athens. He will meet with Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis. Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) hosts the lecture «Deepening and Enlarging: The False Dichotomy,» by Olli Rehn, EU commissioner for enlargement at 12.30 p.m. at the Foreign Ministry. Tel. 210.725.7124 or log on to www.eliamep.gr. Greek Teachers’ Federation (DOE) and High School Teachers Federation (OLME) stage a protest rally in Ioannina and Thessaloniki over financial and workplace demands. FRIDAY Documentary Festival begins in Thessaloniki. Runs through March 19. Employment Minister Savvas Tsitouridis to attend EU labor ministers’ meeting in Brussels. Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis to attend informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Vienna. To Saturday. University of Crete is hosting the second International Nonlinear Sciences Conference (INSC) at the Foundation of Research and Technology in Iraklion, Crete. To Sunday. For details, log on to www.societyforchaostheory.org.