OPINION

This Week

Cyprus’s chief negotiator for EU accession talks, Giorgos Vassiliou, arrives in Athens for meetings with Alternate Foreign Minister Tassos Yiannitsis. Talks will focus on the recent efforts to revive peace talks on the divided island, as well as on Cyprus’s EU accession. -A delegation of ruling PASOK party meets with representatives of farmers’ unions in Thessaloniki. Tobacco subsidy cuts and cotton prices will be discussed. Macedonia-Thrace Minister Giorgos Paschalidis and the deputy minister for agriculture, Evangelos Argyris, will attend. -Teachers at private schools hold a 24-hour strike demanding a ceiling on the number of teachers who may be fired. -The General Union of Palestinian doctors and pharmacists sponsors a concert at the Athens Olympic Stadium with the participation of leading Greek singers, including Haris Alexiou and Giorgos Dalaras. TUESDAY Agriculture Minister Giorgos Drys travels to Brussels for a meeting of EU fisheries ministers. -Doctors at the Social Security Foundation (IKA) start a four-day strike protesting at the government’s failure to satisfy their demands. WEDNESDAY The draft state budget proposal is discussed by the relevant Parliamentary committee. -Social Security Foundation (IKA) doctors hold a protest rally in Athens. -Transport Ministry holds a conference presenting the Business Plan of the General Transport Secretariat and its Participation in the Business Program ‘Information Society.’ At the ministry’s amphitheater. For further details, call 650.8031. -The Athens University School of Law, Economics and Political Science holds a conference on drugs and drug rehabilitation at 7.30 p.m. at the amphitheater of the Law School, 57 Solonos Street, 3rd floor. Greenpeace Athens chairman and lawyer Panayiotis Kannelakis and medical experts will be among the main speakers. THURSDAY Representatives of farmers’ unions from across the country hold a meeting in the town of Karditsa, Central Greece, to discuss and plan their protests nationwide. FRIDAY Transport Minister Christos Verelis travels to Zurich for a meeting of EU transport ministers. Talks will focus on security issues. -The Foundation of Aimos Peninsula Studies sponsors an event in Thessaloniki in memory of two leading British philhellenes, Nicholas Hammond and C.M. Woodhouse. At 7:30 p.m. at the Vassiliou Laourda conference room of the foundation. British Ambassador to Athens David Madden will be among the main speakers. -The magazine Historein holds a three-day conference on History as a Threat, at the amphitheater of Panteios University in Athens. Dr. Mark Poster of the University of California at Irvine will be one of main speakers. To Sunday. SATURDAY University students hold a two-day anti-war protest outside the Athens Panteios University. -OpenTec holds a scientific conference on Telemetry of Medical Parameters and the E-ppocratis System in Primary Health Care. At the Ledra Marriott hotel.