NEWS

This Week

MONDAY Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios to visit Megara, west of Athens. In the afternoon, he will be the guest of honor at a ceremony at the War Museum in Athens where the newspaper Apogevmatini will present a book on the Asia Minor campaign. At 7 p.m., Vartholomaios will be awarded an honorary doctorate by the Agricultural University. – Foreign Minister George Papandreou attends EU General Affairs Council meeting in Brussels. TUESDAY Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios to visit Leontios School in Nea Smyrni. At 12 noon, he will inaugurate the Center for Medical Biological Research at the Athens Academy. At 6 p.m. he will attend a presentation of the series «Library of Church Law» by Sakkoulas publishers at Old Parliament. At 7 p.m., inauguration of exhibition of photographs by Nikos Maginas on Vartholomaios’s 10 years as patriarch, at the Byzantine Museum. At 8 p.m. he will hold a blessing ceremony at Lamda Development at Cecil Mansion, Kefalari, Attica. – Ban on smoking in certain public areas comes into effect (see related Page 1 story). – National Archaeological Museum closes for major renovations. Will reopen in Spring 2004. – «Defendory International 2002» exhibition on military equipment at Piraeus Port Authority (OLP). To Saturday, tel 010.672.8610. WEDNESDAY «Environment and Sustainable Development» conference to be held by Environment and Public Works Ministry at Park Hotel, 10 Alexandras Avenue, at 9.30 a.m. It is aimed at evaluating the results of the Johannesburg summit on development from August 26 to September 4. Environment Minister Vasso Papandreou and Foreign Minister George Papandreou will be among the speakers. – Dora Bakoyianni, New Democracy’s candidate for mayor of Athens, is guest at a luncheon hosted by the Foreign Press Association, at Caravel Hotel, 1 p.m. – The European Center for the Development of Vocational Training in cooperation with the European Commission holds a conference on «Social Conditions in the EU of 2002.» At its premises, 123 Evropis, Pylaia, Thessaloniki, tel 0310.490.111. THURSDAY UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan meets in New York with Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash. To Friday. – Foreign Press Association annual general meeting and election of new administrative board and other committees. – Ecofestival 2002 begins at Zappeion Mansion, presenting environmentally friendly farming. – European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy will deliver a lecture on «Europe in the International Economic System,» organized by the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). At the Old Parliament, 7.30 p.m., tel 010.3315022. – Sixteenth International Fair on Information Technology, «Infosystem 2002,» opens at Helexpo. To October 6. FRIDAY Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou hosts a two-day meeting of EU defense ministers at Rethymnon, Crete. Because of Denmark’s opt-out from defense and economic issues, Greece has been presiding over these committees since July. – Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmusen starts European tour in Athens. SATURDAY NATO’s Destined Glory 2002 exercise begins. More than 8,000 personnel, about 70 ships and 170 planes from Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and United States will take part in exercises near Rome, on Sardinia, in the Tyrrhenian and Ionian seas. To October 15.