NEWS

This Week

MONDAY University principals meet with Education Minister Petros Efthimiou in an effort to end a strike in demand of higher wages. – The French Embassy is to hold a round-table discussion on the potential for joint Greek-French industries. French Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert, Development Minister Akis Tsochadzopoulos and Macedonia-Thrace Minister Giorgos Paschalidis will attend. At the Nikolaos Germanos Conference Center in Thessaloniki, at 10 a.m. France is the guest of honour at the 67th International Trade Fair. – Third Balkan conference on human rights, held by Center for the Protection of Human Rights in cooperation with the Council of Europe, continues in Ancient Olympia. From September 7-15. – European Commissioner for Labor and Social Affairs Anna Diamantopoulou visits Israel and the Palestinian territories to examine the possibility of women’s organizations helping ease the tension. To Tuesday. – Olympic Catering employees on 24-hour strike in protest at company’s privatization. – Start of appeal court hearing of Avraam Lesperoglou against his 17-year sentence and conviction for the attempted murder of a police officer in 1982. In June the Supreme Court prosecutor overturned his acquittal by an appeals court last year. TUESDAY Foreign Minister George Papandreou leaves for the United States where he will attend the opening of the UN General Assembly and meet with officials, including Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice. – The Greek Banks’ Association holds a workshop on «International Accounting Standards,» at the new headquarters of the National Bank of Greece, 82-84 Aiolou and Sophocleous streets. For further details, call 010.338.6538. WEDNESDAY Archbishop Christodoulos conducts a memorial ceremony for the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. At Athens Cathedral, 12 noon. – A memorial event for the estimated 41 Greek Americans killed on September 11 is to be held at the Athens Concert Hall. It is organized by the Foreign Ministry and includes music, photographs and video footage. At 8.30 p.m. – Prime Minister Costas Simitis pays a visit to Iraklion, Crete. THURSDAY Prime Minister Simitis to visit Nikaia, Schinias and other areas that are building venues for the 2004 Games. – International Meeting on the island of Milos on «Maritime Transport and Communications in the Mediterranean: From the Paleolithic Age to Early Roman Times.» Milos Conference Center, Milos. To Sunday, tel 010.973.0697. FRIDAY Interim agreement between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, signed in 1995, expires. The two sides have still not agreed on a permanent name for FYROM. – Justice Minister Philippos Petsalnikos and Interior Minister Costas Skandalidis attend informal meeting of EU justice and interior ministers in Copenhagen. To Saturday.