OPINION

This Week

MONDAY Defense Minister Akis Tsochadzopoulos unveils statue of late Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou at Dalipis military base, Kalamaria, Thessaloniki, at 7 p.m. -Ruling PASOK party celebrates the 27th anniversary of party’s founding in 1974. -Prime Minister Costas Simitis to meet with representatives of General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE) as well as with the Federation of Greek Industries (SEV). TUESDAY Foreign Minister George Papandreou begins a two-day visit to Cyprus. He is expected to meet with the UN envoy Alvaro de Soto who has spent the last week on the island. -Government to announce details of 2002 state budget and spending plans. -Delegation of bishops from the Holy Synod meets with Education and Religion Minister Petros Efthymiou, in their first meeting since the Church made public the number of signatures on its petition for a referendum on the identity card controversy. -University doctors in Athens meet to decide whether they will continue to strike in the first semester of the year. -Re-examination of senior high school students who failed to move up to the next grade. WEDNESDAY UN envoy Alvaro de Soto to hold a news conference on the results of his visit to Cyprus and efforts to revive talks aimed at solving the Cyprus issue. -Owners of tour buses go on indefinite strike, in protest at a new bill on mass transportation which, according to them, will increase problems. They also accuse the Development Ministry (which is in charge of tourism) of doing nothing to help them. -Women’s Secretariat of the Civil Servants’ Association (ADEDY) stages a protest rally in downtown Athens, protesting the new pay-scale. -Sixth International Conference on Surgery is held in Crete. Doctors from 46 countries will discuss latest developments in surgery. To September 8. THURSDAY International conference on Protection, Conservation and Sustainable Management of Archaeological Environment through Cultural Events. At Nafplion’s Nafplia Palace Hotel. The conference is under the auspices of the Culture Ministry. To September 7. FRIDAY Prime Minister Costas Simitis arrives in Thessaloniki to inaugurate the annual International Trade Fair. -Communist Party-led Pan Labor Front is organizing a demonstration at the Thessaloniki port gate, with a march to the grounds of the trade fair. At 7.30 p.m. -European Commissioner for Agriculture Franz Fischler arrives for a visit. To September 10. SATURDAY Prime Minister Simitis holds a news conference in Thessaloniki. -Protest rally against globalization is held in Thessaloniki, by the organization known as Initiative Genoa 2001.