OPINION

Agenda

Thursday Deputy Foreign Minister Panayiotis Skandalakis makes a two-day official visit to Cyprus. To tomorrow. Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to meet with President of the Russian Chambers Association and former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov. At 10.30 a.m., he will meet with Deputy Finance Minister Christos Folias and at 1.30 p.m. with former ND president Miltiades Evert. Contract employees hold a demonstration at 12.15 p.m. outside the the Council of State. Synaspismos Left Coalition party President Alekos Alavanos to participate. Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos visits Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the International Tourism Exhibition. Deputy Development Minister Giorgos Salagoudis visits Patras. National Confederation of Greek Commerce (ESEE) to present annual report on Greek trade for 2004 at 11.15 a.m. at the King George Lycabettus Hotel in Athens. Dock workers stage a demonstration outside the Sailors’ Home, demanding higher unemployment benefits. Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis attends informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Lithuania. Taxi drivers in Thessaloniki stage a 24-hour strike demanding access to bus lanes. Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas to present the program «Boosting Competitiveness in Small Trade Enterprises,» to be held at 6 p.m. at the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry Central Union of Municipalities and Communities of Greece (KEDKE) holds a conference on «Local Governance and the Fourth Community Support Framework,» at 10 a.m. at the Titania Hotel in Athens. Deputy Finance Minister Christos Folias to speak. Easter shop hours come into effect. Stores will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Union of Judges and Prosecutors stages a two-hour work stoppage from noon to 2 p.m. in protest at the planned mass transfers of judicial employees. Friday Deputy Foreign Minister Evripidis Stylianidis to chair a meeting of foreign ministers of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (OSEP) in Komotini. To Saturday. Graphica 2005 exhibition opens at MEC in Paeania. To Monday. Tel. 210.654.8720. Saturday Hellenic Animal Welfare Society holds Easter bazaar at 10.30 a.m. at its premises in Koropi. Tel. 210.602.0202.