OPINION

Agenda

THURSDAY General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE) and Civil Servants’ Union (ADEDY) hold a press conference at noon at the Electra Palace Hotel in Thessaloniki to present the annual report for the Greek economy for 2005-2006. International Monetary Fund (IMF) experts visit Greece to be briefed on labor reforms. Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas visits Consumer Protection Center (KEPKA) in Thessaloniki. European Center for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) holds a conference on «The Future Begins in the Past,» to be held at CEDEFOP offices in Thessaloniki. Labor Minister Panos Panayiotopoulos to attend. Tel. 2310.490.111 or log on to www.cedefop.gr. PASOK leader George Papandreou to meet with representatives of the Federation of Greek Industries (SEV), the National Confederation of Greek Commerce (ESEE) and the board of the Union of Municipalities and Communities of Greece (KEDKE). Bus drivers stage a five-hour work stoppage from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to attend their union’s general assembly. Russian President Vladimir Putin is due in Thessaloniki. He is expected to meet with Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis in Halkidiki. Tomorrow he will visit Mount Athos. Public Order Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis to attend EU public order ministers’ meeting in Newcastle, Gateshead. To tomorrow. Second international workshop on «Rapid Integration of Software Engineering Techniques» takes place at the Aldemar Knossos Royal Village Hotel in Iraklion, Crete. To tomorrow. Tel. 2810.391.742 or log on to www.rise2005.ics.forth.gr. FRIDAY Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to inaugurate the 70th Thessaloniki International Trade Fair. Security forces hold a demonstration in uniform at 7.30 p.m. at the White Tower in Thessaloniki in view of the 70th International Trade Fair. Protesters demand better pay. SATURDAY Labor movement and unions hold demonstration at 6.30 p.m. at the Eleftherios Venizelos statue in Thessaloniki in view of the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair, where Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis will be presenting the government’s financial policy.