This Week

Monday Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis holds talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov. The talks will focus on the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline project. Greek-Korean Business Forum convenes in Athens, at the Inter-Continental Hotel, on the occasion of an official visit by the President of South Korea, Roh Moo-hyun. The president is being accompanied by more than 100 presidents and CEOs of Korean businesses. Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis meets with South Korean Foreign and Trade Minister Ban Ki-moon. Ban has declared his candidacy to succeed Kofi Annan as UN secretary-general. Transport Minister Michalis Liapis meets with the Chinese organizing committee of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Former US diplomat John Brady Kiesling presents the launch of his new book «Diplomacy Lessons» at Eleftheroudakis book store, 17 Panepistimiou Street. The Goulandris Natural History Museum hosts the international conference «Desorption 2006» about mass spectrometry, an analytical tool for measuring the molecular mass of a sample. The conference, which runs until Thursday, is to take place at the museum’s Gaia research center in Kifissia. First international conference on access networks, «Accessnets 2006,» begins at the premises of Athens Information Technology (AIT) on Markopoulo Avenue, Paeania. To Wednesday. Tuesday The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) hosts a public debate on «Greece, Turkey and the European Union» at the National Bank of Greece, 82-84 Aeolou St, central Athens. Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis is to attend the debate, which starts at 7 p.m. Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to meet visiting South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun. Wednesday The Second International Workshop on Analysis and Numerical Approximation of Singular Problems begins at the Aegean University on Samos. To Friday. Thursday First European Conference on Environmental Applications of Advanced Oxidation Processes (EAAOP) in Hania at the Minoa Palace Hotel. To Saturday. Friday Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis inaugurates the 71st Thessaloniki International Fair. The fair runs until August 17. Saturday Workers and students will stage a protest outside the premises of the Thessaloniki International Fair on Saturday. The rally, which begins at 6 p.m., is being organized by the General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE) to protest unemployment, shortfalls in the education sector and high prices. Sunday First International MUGEN Conference on «Animal Models for Human Immunological Disease» begins in Athens at the Apollon Divani Palace and Spa Hotel. Call 210 366 8853 for details. To September 6. The 16th international conference on artificial neural networks, «ICANN 2006,» to be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Athens. To September 7.