NEWS

This Week

Monday President Karolos Papoulias to host the annual reception in honor of the judiciary, the Athens Academy and university deans. Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to meet with Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos at 10 a.m. and Culture Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis at 11 a.m. Labor Minister Savvas Tsitouridis to meet with the president of the employees’ union of the Athens-Piraeus electric railway (ISAP), Giorgos Gavrilis. At 3 p.m., he will meet with the president of the Panhellenic Association of the Blind, Ilias Margiolas. Synaspismos Left Coalition President Alekos Alavanos holds a press conference to present his party’s proposals on the education system and the abolition of university entrance exams, at noon at the Athens Acropol Hotel. Sports Minister Giorgos Orfanos to lay the foundation stone of the Thessaloniki Sports Hotel. Tuesday The Foreign Ministry is hosting a lecture on «The Work and the Mission of the International Maritime Organization (IMO),» at 4 p.m. at the ministry. Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis will speak. The Aegean University holds a press conference at noon at the Esperia Hotel in Athens. The Greekartoon Organization hosts a political cartoon exhibition at 6 p.m. at the Technopolis complex in Gazi. Culture Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis will open the exhibition, which will run through Monday. Tel. 210.820.1340 or log on to www.greekartoon.gr. The Federation of Secondary School Teachers (OLME) stages a 24-hour strike opposing the amendment of Article 16 of the Constitution. Wednesday Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis to meet with visiting Deputy Defense Minister of Israel Efraim Sneh. The tenth Panhellenic conference on diabetes begins at the Athens Concert Hall. To Sunday. Tel. 210.721.0935. The ALBA Graduate Business School hosts a conference on «The Art of Political Leadership: Eleftherios Venizelos, Constantine Karamanlis, Andreas Papandreou,» at 6.30 p.m. at the Gennadius Library. Professor and Chairman of the National Council for Education Thanos Veremis and author Nick Papandreou will attend. Tel. 210.896.4531. The consular section of the US Embassy in Athens will remain closed today for internal administrative reasons. The Constantine Kalligas journalism awards will be presented by the Athens branch of the European Journalists’ Association, at 12.30 p.m. in the National Bank’s Theodoros Karatzas Hall. Thursday PASOK leader George Papandreou to chair party’s political and parliamentary council. To Friday. The ninth international exhibition «Education 2007» opens at the Helexpo Palace in Maroussi. US Ambassador in Athens Charles Ries will make the opening speech at 6 p.m. To Sunday. Tel. 210.922.1254 or log on to www.ekpaidefsi.gr. Friday The fifth seminar by the Hellenic Society of Blood Transfusion begins at the Athens Hilton Hotel. To Saturday. Tel. 210.363.4944 or log on to www.era.gr. Saturday PASOK leader George Papandreou to chair PASOK national council at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Neo Faliron. The presidents of the Federation of Secondary School Teachers (OLME) meet to discuss further strike action. Sunday PASOK leader George Papandreou to present his party’s program at its rally at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Neo Faliron.