NEWS

This Week

MONDAY Car ban in central Athens from 6.30- 9 a.m. – Foreign Minister George Papandreou to meet with US Secretary of State Colin Powell in New York. Greece’s relations with Turkey and the Cyprus issue will be on the agenda. – Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou is in Turkey for a meeting with his Bulgarian, Romanian and Turkish counterparts, within the framework of a four-day meeting to discuss regional issues. – Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos is in Istanbul to attend the third round-table discussion on «Intangible Cultural Heritage? A Mirror of Cultural Diversity.» The conference is organized by UNESCO members’ culture ministers. – Deputy Foreign Minister Andreas Loverdos will make the opening remarks at the second annual lecture organized by the Greek Center for European Studies in memory of the late Alternate Foreign Minister Yiannos Kranidiotis. At the Foreign Ministry, 1 Academias St. – Institute of Consumer Protection (INKA) has called a four-day boycott protesting at the sharp hike in fruit and vegetables prices. TUESDAY Thirty-first Book Festival opens at the Pedion tou Areos. President Costis Stephanopoulos will inaugurate. – Prime Minister Costas Simitis, at an event organized by the Health Ministry, will hand over 500 cars to municipalities within the framework of the ministry’s program of Home Help. Zappeion Mansion. WEDNESDAY Interministerial meeting on progress in Athens 2004 preparations. – Prime Minister Simitis will visit Apostolou Pavlou Street to inspect progress of works for the unification of archaeological sites. – National Economy Minister Nikos Christodoulakis attends meeting of the economy and finance ministers of EU and Asia-Europe (ASEM) in Copenhagen. To Thursday. – A Cypriot delegation led by Economy Minister Takis Clerides visits in Syria for the fourth summit of the Cypriot-Syrian intergovernmental committee. Economic, scientific, technological and industrial cooperation will top the agenda. – Employees at Thessaloniki Municipality to hold a protest rally demanding back pay. – Communist Youth Wing (KNE) annual festival begins at Athens University campus, Ilisia. To Saturday. THURSDAY Athens Mayor Dimitris Avramopoulos presides over an international meeting of mayors. – The Greek Navy, in cooperation with the National Foundation for Research and Study «Eleftherios K. Venizelos,» will start a conference on the battleship Averoff on «Ninety Years Since the Beginning of the Balkan Wars.» Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou will make the opening address. – Thessaloniki Labor Center to hold a demonstration at the Eleftherios Venizelos. FRIDAY Prime Minister Simitis visits Messinia and Arcadia in the Peloponnese. To Saturday.