NEWS

This Week

MONDAY Prime Minister Costas Simitis to make the opening address at the National Council of Administrative Reform at Zappeion Hall. – Foreign Minister George Papandreou is to travel to Myconos for a meeting of the Euro-Mediterranean forum. – Teaching staff at certain universities start a five-day strike after failing to reach an agreement on salary and retirement benefits with Education Ministry officials last week. – The Federation of Northern Greek Industries, in cooperation with the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, organize the 9th Annual Thessaloniki Forum, to be held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Thessaloniki. New Democracy Party leader Costas Karamanlis will attend. For further details call 010.699.3559. To Tuesday. – Broadband & Mobility Conference 2002 on «Shaping the Future: Visions for the Eurozone Communications in the 21st Century,» opens at the Athenaeum Inter-Continental hotel. To Tuesday. – The copyright administration company «On Location» and award-winning Reuters photographer Yiannis Behrakis organize the World Press Photo Exhibition 2002, at the Artower Agora, 10 Armodiou Street, in central Athens. To June 8. WEDNESDAY Cypriot President Glafcos Clerides makes an official visit to Athens for talks with Prime Minister Costas Simitis and other senior government officials. Last week’s visit to Cyprus by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is expected to top the agenda. – The Defense and Thrace-Macedonia ministries, in cooperation with the US and British embassies and the Greek-American Chamber of Commerce, organize a conference on «Asymmetric Threats and Stability in the Balkans.» Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou and Public Order Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis are expected to attend. At the Hyatt Regency hotel in Thessaloniki. – The Southeast Europe Cooperation Initiative (SECI) holds a meeting in Thessaloniki to discuss current affairs of Southeast Europe. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz is due to attend. – The Hellenic Center for Investment holds a conference on «Greece: A Winner’s Choice. 2002: The Investment Challenge.» Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis, Development Minister Akis Tsochadzopoulos and the Bank of Greece’s deputy governor, Panagiotis Thomopoulos, will attend. At the Divani Caravel hotel. THURSDAY Foreign Minister George Papandreou is expected to travel to Washington for talks with members of the National Security Council, the State Department, and the Pentagon. The Cyprus problem and the EU’s nascent rapid reaction force are expected to top the agenda. – Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos travels to Brussels for a meeting of EU culture ministers. To Friday. – The Hellenic-American Union hosts a five-day preliminary seminar on «Certified Information Systems Auditor-CISA.» For further details call 010.368.0907. To May 27. FRIDAY Prime Minister Costas Simitis holds a series of meetings with party leaders to discuss foreign policy issues, including the creation of the EU rapid reaction force. – Environment Minister Vasso Papandreou travels to Majorca, Spain for an informal meeting of EU environment ministers. – Prime Minister Costas Simitis chairs a meeting of the PASOK communication committee. – Prime Minister Costas Simitis leaves for a two-day tour of Fthiotida and Evritania prefectures. To Saturday. – The 1st Panhellenic Conference on «Prefabricated and Metal Constructions» opens at the EKEP exhibition center in Metamorfossi. To May 27. For further details, call 010.284.6006-035.