NEWS

This Week

Monday Pre-school and primary school teachers begin a fifth week of strikes to protest the government’s refusal to increase their starting salaries. Primary schools to remain closed until further notice. The Hellenic Organization for Standardization hosts a conference titled «Speech and Transmission Quality.» It is supported by Intracom-Telecom. To Friday. The Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE) hosts its 5th conference on «Tourism and Development» at the Divani Apollon Palace in Vouliagmeni, southern Athens. To tomorrow. More information is available at www.seteconferences.gr. Tuesday Education Minister Marietta Giannakou is expected to meet with representatives from the Greek Primary School Teachers’ Federation (OLME) and the Federation of Secondary School Teachers (OLME). Wednesday Greek President Karolos Papoulias, in the presence of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, will present the Onassis International Prize 2006 to the Hellenic Center of European Studies and Research, which has been operating at La Trobe University in Melbourne since 1977. Thursday An International Archaeological Symposium, «Athens during the Roman Period: Recent Discoveries, New Evidence,» takes place at the Pireos Street annex of the Benaki Museum in Athens. To Saturday. The European Investment Bank holds its annual forum in Athens on «Southeast Europe: A Region on the Move.» At the Hotel Grande Bretagne on Syntagma Square. To Friday. The 2nd Executive Seminar on People Management takes place in Attica. For further information, log on to www.peoplemanagement.gr. Advanced Quality Services begins a three-day seminar on «Training Secretaries and Administration.» Friday The Older Working Learners’ Network (OWLNET) hosts an international seminar on employment and learning in the graphic arts industry, and keeping skills and knowledge up to date for employees, managers and business owners. Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis participates in an Informal Tripartite Social Summit in Lahti, Finland, organized by the government of Finland in cooperation with the European Commission. The meeting will focus on ways of improving the quality of working life and labor market efficiency in a Europe characterized by tightening competition and aging population. Saturday Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios embarks on a pilgrimage to the semi-autonomous monastic community of Mount Athos. To Monday. The head of the Church of Greece, Archbishop Christodoulos, pays an informal visit to Mount Athos. The City of Athens hosts a discussion on how to help children to do their school homework. The discussion will be led by child psychologist Dr Andreas Zegiotis and will be held at the Children’s Museum from 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Tickets cost up to 15 euros. More information is available on tel 210.331.29.95.