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THURSDAY Greek Olympic champions visit Korydallos prisoners. Left Coalition Synaspismos stages a demonstration at 6.30 p.m. outside the European Parliament office in Athens, 8 Amalias, in light of the EU summit. PASOK leader George Papandreou meets with the Slovak parliament speaker, Pavol Hrusovsky. Federation of Civil Aviation Unions (OSPA) stages a three-hour work stoppage from noon to 3 p.m. over financial and social security demands. Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis and Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas attend the British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce conference on «Greece: Your Strategic Partner in Southeast Europe: Investment Prospects & Business Opportunities,» in London. The Communist-affiliated labor movement PAME stages a demonstration at noon outside the headquarters of Piraeus Bank in solidarity with the General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE) and Civil Servants’ Union (ADEDY) strike. Public Order Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis to meet with Chinese Deputy Minister of Public Security Sun Mingshan. Talks will focus on the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Federation of Greek Industries (SEV) holds a conference on «Legislation and Regulations – The Impact on Competitiveness and the Cost,» to be held at 5 p.m. at the amphitheater of the National Bank of Greece. Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos to speak. Tel. 210.323.7325. «Piraeus 2005» shipbroker forum on «The Continuous Evolution of an Industry» at the Divani Apollon Palace Hotel. Merchant Marine Minister Manolis Kefaloyiannis to speak. For more information log on to the website www.pireas2005.com. Biopolitics International Organization (BIO) presents a publication on the life and work of Dag Hammarskjold, the secretary-general of the United Nations from 1953-1961, authored by former Swedish diplomat and scholar Kai Falkman, BIO trustee. At Zappeion Hall, 6 p.m. President Karolos Papoulias to attend. Employees at public utilities stage a three-hour work stoppage from noon to 3 p.m. protesting the government’s labor reforms. Piraeus port workers stage a 48-hour strike over financial and institutional demands. Civil Servants’ Union (ADEDY) stages a work stoppage from 12.30 p.m. until the end of the shift. Protesters will demonstrate at 1 p.m. on Sina St in Kolonaki. Bank employees stage a 24-hour strike over pension fund demands. Employees of the Athens metro and Athens-Piraeus electric railway stage a four-hour work stoppage from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. while bus employees will strike from the beginning of their shifts until 7 a.m. and from 10 p.m. until the end of their shifts. Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis attends European Council meeting in Brussels. To Saturday. Agriculture Minister Evangelos Bassiakos chairs Agricultural Policy Council. FRIDAY Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos visits Cyprus.