NEWS

This Week

MONDAY Prime Minister Costas Simitis is in Copenhagen to attend a summit of EU members and Asian countries. To Tuesday. – Foreign Minister George Papandreou to meet with the UN envoy Alvaro de Soto in Athens for talks on the Cyprus issue. At 10.30 a.m. – Second day of the three-day 8th International Conference on Airline Development «ROUTES 2002» at the Astir Palace Resort. It is hosted and officially sponsored by Athens International Airport. More than 130 airlines and 250 airports from around the world are attending. To Tuesday. – Agriculture Minister Giorgos Drys to attend a meeting of EU agriculture and fisheries ministers where he will raise Greece’s request for permission for the government to provide economic assistance to cotton farmers. To Tuesday. TUESDAY Prime Minister Simitis to chair a meeting of ministers on the 2003 budget. – OTE Chairman Lefteris Antonakopoulos to meet with Romanian PM Adrian Nastase in Bucharest to discuss future of OTE’s investment in Romtelecom. WEDNESDAY Social Security Foundation (IKA) doctors stage a 24-hour strike demanding permanency for 5,500 colleagues. – Agriculture Council of the Netherlands in Greece in cooperation with the National Food Inspection Agency (EFET) hold a seminar on «Food Safety.» At the Athens Plaza Hotel in Athens. For further information, tel 010.725.4960. – Deputy Foreign Minister Andreas Loverdos visits Cyprus, where he will address the Chamber of Commerce. THURSDAY Prime Minister Simitis to pay a two-day visit to Karditsa. – Labor unions, anti-globalization activists and others are holding a rally in solidarity with the Palestinians and against US plans to attack Iraq. They will assemble at Eleftherias Park near the US Embassy at 7 p.m and march toward the Israeli Embassy. – Latest round of talks between Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash ends. They are to meet in New York with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on October 3. – Deadline for voters to register for October 13 municipal and regional elections. FRIDAY Greek Prosecutors’ Union and the Greek Criminal Law Society are holding a seminar on «Criminal Trials and the Mass Media.» Issues include the way news media cover criminal trials, news media and the presumption of innocence, the news media’s use of banned evidence-gathering methods. – Social Security Foundation (IKA) doctors stage a 24-hour strike demanding permanency for 5,500 colleagues. SATURDAY Prime Minister Simitis to inspect construction works on the Athens-Corinth highway. SUNDAY Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios to visit Athens. During his stay he will be awarded an honorary doctorate from the Agricultural University and will attend a conference at the Aghia Paraskevi Monastery in Megara. To October 2. – Actor Jeremy Irons to read in a performance at the Herod Atticus Theater of Charles Camille Saint-Saens’s «Le Carnaval des Animaux» (Animal Carnival) to raise funds for children suffering from AIDS in Africa.