NEWS

This Week

Monday Defense Minister Evangelos Meimarakis attends EU General Affairs and External Relations meeting in Brussels. Transport Minister Michalis Liapis meets with truck and bus drivers to discuss upcoming changes in the highway code. The second Music Forum opens at the DAIS cultural center and runs through tomorrow. The Athanassios Botsis Journalism Promotion Foundation presents awards to journalists at 1 p.m. at the Caravel Hotel. President Karolos Papoulias will attend. Amnesty International holds a press conference on «Greece and Conscientious Objectors» at 3 p.m. at the General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE) offices, 69 Patission Street. The University of Athens holds a conference on «The Greek Documentary and its Future» at 6 p.m. at the university’s Ioannis Drakopoulos amphitheater. Tel. 210.368.9413. The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) holds a lecture on «Globalization: The Challenges and Opportunities: The Role of Pakistan,» delivered by the prime minister of Pakistan, H.E. Shaukat Aziz. At 6.30 p.m. at the Grande Bretagne Hotel. Tel. 210.725.7111. Tuesday Athens Journalists’ Union (ESIEA) stages a six-hour work stoppage, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Coastal Shipowners’ Union (EEA) calls a 24-hour strike demanding the deregulation of sea transport. Wednesday The International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, in cooperation with the Fulbright Foundation in Greece, hold the «New Symposium,» on Paros island. To Tuesday. Tel. 210.724.1811 or log on to www.fulbright.gr. Papazissis Publications presents William Mallinson’s book, «Cyprus: A Historical Perspective. Between NATO and Europe: War or Peace,» at 7 p.m. at the Athens Journalists’ Union (ESIEA). PASOK MP Theodoros Pangalos will speak. Thursday Fourth conference on «Artificial Intelligence» begins at the Atlantis Hotel in Iraklion, Crete. To Saturday. For details log on to www.setn06.gr. State hospital employees hold a demonstration outside the Health Ministry over financial and institutional demands. Education Minister Marietta Giannakou attends EU education ministers council in Brussels. To Friday. University lecturers and professors stage a 48-hour strike over institutional and financial demands. Employees at bookstores and publishing houses stage a 24-hour strike demanding a collective labor agreement. Friday Fourth Panhellenic Pharmacology congress begins at the University of Patras. To Saturday. Tel. 2610.997.638 o log on to www.upatras.gr.