NEWS

This Week

Foreign Minister George Papandreou travels to Luxembourg for a meeting of EU foreign ministers. Efforts to combat terrorism on the diplomatic and other fronts are expected to top the agenda. -A Greek delegation travels to Ottawa to attend NATO’s parliamentary assembly to discuss terrorism ahead of the Prague summit. To Tuesday. -The head of Armenia’s chief-of-staff, Michail Haroutiounian, arrives on an official visit to Greece, during which he will hold a series of meetings with his Greek counterpart Manousos Parayoudakis as well as Defense Ministry officials. To Friday. -Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Cassoulides travels to Brussels to attend the 20th meeting of the joint EU-Cyprus parliamentary commission. During his stay, the minister is expected to meet with EU’s top foreign policy diplomat Javier Solana. -Hospital doctors across the country will stage a four-hour work stoppage, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the same time, they are expected to decide on further strike action. -September inflation rate to be announced. -The Merchant Marine Ministry holds a conference on Diving in the Magic World of the Greek Sea at Zappeion Megaron. Merchant Marine Minister Christos Papoutsis to attend. -The island of Lemnos commemorates the 89th anniversary of its liberation from Turkey. Aegean Minister Nikos Sifounakis to visit the island. TUESDAY The Holy Synod of Greece’s Orthodox Church convenes for a four-day meeting. The ID card controversy will top the agenda. To Friday. -Over 50 left-wing and peace groups from the greater Athens area to stage an anti-war rally at Korai Sq. in Piraeus. -State prosecutors hold a general meeting in Athens. WEDNESDAY The Federation of Greek Industries to hold a conference on Greek Companies Before the Euro – The Transition to the New Currency. At the Divani Caravel Hotel. For further details, call 323.7325. -The trial of suspected left-wing terrorist Avraam Lesperoglou on charges of involvement in the murder of five policemen and prosecutor Giorgos Theofanopoulos starts in Athens. THURSDAY Defense Minister Akis Tsochadzopoulos travels to Brussels for a meeting of EU defense ministers. The development of a common strategy in the fight against terrorism is expected to top the agenda. -The ruling Panhellenic Socialist (PASOK) party starts its annual congress. Party chairman and Prime Minister Costas Simitis will preside over its deliberations. To Sunday. FRIDAY Insurance company Interamerican will hold a general meeting. Talks will focus on the company’s intention of withdrawing its shares from the ASE. SATURDAY Plane crews of Olympic Airways’ subsidiary Olympic Aviation to stage a 48-hour strike against a privatization tender. To October 14.