THURSDAY US Embassy in Athens, including the consular section and the US Consulate General in Thessaloniki, are closed today in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Trolley bus drivers hold work stoppages from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. over financial demands. President Karolos Papoulias visits the Foundation of the Hellenic World to inaugurate the Europass center. Deputy Finance Minister Petros Doukas attends Ecofin meeting in Brussels. The EU’s budget for 2006 will top the agenda. Defense Minister Spilios Spiliotopoulos meets with his Albanian counterpart Fatmir Mediu. Fourth congress of Left Coalition (Synaspismos) Youth begins at 6 p.m. at the Athens University of Economics and ends tomorrow. Synaspismos President Alekos Alavanos will speak. Polis 2005 international exhibition of Local Government, Public-Social Sector and Private Enterprises opens at the Helexpo fairgrounds in Thessaloniki and ends Sunday. Call 2310.291.572 or log on to www.helexpo.gr. Newspaper and other media staff hold a 24-hour strike over social security demands and a collective labor agreement. Protesters will hold a demonstration at 11.30 a.m. on Academias Street and march to Parliament. FRIDAY MarketingWeek magazine hosts the Interactive Marketing conference 2005, at 9 a.m. at the Athens Information Technology Center. State Minister Theodoros Roussopoulos will speak. Call 210.661.7777 or log on to www.boussias.com. Logistics 2005 congress on «International Trade, Development and Management of the Supply Chain» starts at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki and ends Saturday. Call 2310.252.336 or log on to www.logistics.org.gr. SATURDAY Education Ministry in cooperation with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization hosts an international conference on «UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UN-DESD)» at 9 a.m. at Zappeion Hall and tomorrow at 9 a.m. at the Titania Hotel. To Sunday. Parliament Speaker Anna Psarouda-Benaki and Education Minister Marietta Giannakou will speak. Tel. 210.324.7490 or log on to www.mio-ecsde.org.

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