THURSDAY Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis chairs New Democracy party’s parliamentary group. Transport Minister Michalis Liapis meets with his Bulgarian counterpart Petar Mutafchiev in Thessaloniki. Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos chairs 12th summit of country’s regional officers at Ioannina. To Saturday. PASOK leader George Papandreou meets with representatives of Agricultural Cooperatives (PASEGES), National Confederation of Greek Commerce (ESEE) and the General Confederation of Professionals, Medium and Small Business and Traders (GESEVEE). Monitoring Committee of the third Community Support Framework meets at the Athinaida conference center. Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis to speak. Education Minister Marietta Giannakou visits Paris. PASOK Political Council convenes. Public sector engineers hold a 24-hour strike over financial and institutional demands. Economist conferences fourth International Banking Forum on «Banking in 2010» begins at the Athens Hilton. Former European Commissioner for Competition, Mario Monti to be the keynote speaker. Tel. 210.940.8750 or log on to www.economistconferences.com. The Panhellenic Exporters Association (PEA) opens an international conference on «The Development of Trade and Investment in the Globalized Economy – Designing a New Road Map for Greece,» at 9.30 a.m. at the Hotel Grande Bretagne. Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas to speak. To tomorrow. Tel. 210.522.8925. FRIDAY The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature hosts a conference on «Blue Flags – Tourism Development and the Protection of the Environment,» at 9.30 a.m. at the Poseidon Hotel in Palaio Faliron. Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos to make the opening speech. Tel. 210.331.4563 or log on to www.eepf.gr. Health Minister Nikitas Kaklamanis attends EU health ministers meeting in Brussels. President Karolos Papoulias and his Bulgarian counterpart Georgy Parvanov open the tunnel at the new border crossing at Exochi in Drama prefecture. SATURDAY PASOK leader George Papandreou visits Mount Athos.