This Week

Monday PASOK leader George Papandreou visits Thessaloniki. Synaspismos Left Coalition President Alekos Alavanos to meet with Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Mohtashami at noon at his party’s offices. The General Secretariat of Communication hosts the second international conference on «People with Disabilities and Mass Media,» at its premises in Kallithea. To tomorrow. Minister of State Theodoros Roussopoulos to speak. Tel. 210.909.8544. Members of the Athens Bar Association begin a three-day strike to demand better conditions at courthouses and the hiring of more staff. Court workers will also stage three-hour work stoppages, starting at 9 a.m., all week. Communist Party General Secretary Aleka Papariga holds a press conference at 12.30 p.m. The Association for the Modernization of Society (OPEK) holds an open debate on «Window Without a View: Television, News and Policy,» at 6.30 p.m. at the City of Athens cultural center. Tuesday The Athens chapter of the UNHCR hosts a series of cultural events at the Technopolis complex in Gazi on the occasion of World Day for Refugees. Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis will make the opening speech. For details of the program call 210.672.6462 or log on to Wednesday Emir of Qatar Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani pays an official visit to Athens. To Friday. The Agricultural University of Greece in cooperation with the Federation of Hellenic Food Industries host a conference on «Safety, Quality, Nutrition,» in the Theodoros Karatzas amphitheater of the National Bank of Greece. Tel. 210.671.1177 or log on to Constantine Karamanlis Institute for Democracy hosts a workshop on «The Diaspora’s Interest Groups in American Politics,» at 7.30 p.m. at the King George Palace Hotel. Tel. 210.725.7495 or log on to The Hellenic Society for the Protection of the Environment and the Cultural Heritage holds a press conference on «Proposed Land Use Legislation in Tourism,» at noon at its premises in Plaka. Thursday Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to attend European Council meeting in Brussels. To tomorrow. Municipal worker’s union POE-OTA holds a three-hour work stoppage from 11 a.m. to the end of their shift over financial and institutional demands. At noon they will demonstrate outside the Interior Ministry. Communication Effect hosts a conference on «Blogs, Internet: Citizens’ Society in View of the Forthcoming Elections,» at 11.30 a.m. at the King George Palace Hotel in Athens. PASOK MP Anna Diamantopoulou will speak. For details, log on to The 15th Panhellenic Journalists’ conference begins on Samothrace. To Sunday. Friday The National Center for Public Administration and Self-Government (EKDDA) hosts a conference on «New Perception and Decentralization in Education,» at 9 a.m. at the Atlantis Hotel in Iraklion, Crete. President of civil servants’ union ADEDY Spyros Papaspyros to speak. Tel. 210.349.6403 or log on to

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