NEWS

This Week

MONDAY Draft budget for 2003 to be presented to Parliament. – PM Costas Simitis to meet with Bank of Greece governor Nikos Garganas. – National representatives of street market vendors and producers meet to decide whether to continue their protest action against government efforts to require some of them to use cash tills. – National Economy Minister Nikos Christodoulakis chairs meeting of EU economy and finance ministers (ECOFIN) in Brussels. – Seventh Balkan Congress of military doctors at the amphitheater of the Evelpidon Military Academy. To Thursday. Tel. 010.749.4143. – Chairman of Greece’s combined chiefs of staff, Giorgos Antonakopoulos, begins an official two-day visit to Germany. TUESDAY Thessaloniki bus service to be suspended from 10.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. due to work stoppage by bus company employees in order to attend general meeting for collective labor agreement. – Parliament closes ahead of October 13 municipal and regional elections. – Aegean Ministry holds an event on Lemnos to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the island’s liberation. WEDNESDAY European Commission makes public its report on EU accession candidates, including Cyprus, in Brussels. – Economist magazine holds a press conference at the Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel, at noon, to announce its special survey on Greece, «Prometheus Unbound,» to be published on October 12. THURSDAY Foreign Press Association annual general meeting and election of new administrative board and other committees. FRIDAY General Secretary of Sports Nikos Exarchos to lay the cornerstone for the Olympic Volleyball Stadium and the indoor Track Stadium in Paeania. SUNDAY Municipal and prefectural elections. – French European Affairs Minister Noelle Lenoir visits Athens. To Monday.