OPINION

Agenda

THURSDAY PASOK leader George Papandreou to chair party’s parliamentary group. Synaspismos Left Coalition President Alekos Alavanos to visit Arta prefecture. Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis to hold a press conference on the Ecofin results. In the afternoon, he is expected to meet with Archbishop Christodoulos. Israeli President Moshe Katsav to visit Thessaloniki. Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) to begin a 48-hour strike over financial and institutional demands. KPMG to host the 9th Human Resources Symposium at the Athens Imperial-Grecotel Hotel. Jeffrey Pfeffer, professor of organizational behavior at Stanford University, will be the keynote speaker. To tomorrow. Tel. 210.606.2100 or log on to www.kpmg.gr. Conference on «Enhancing Growth and Prosperity of SMEs in Greece and Southeastern Europe,» organized by the Economist, to take place at 9 a.m. at the Ledra Marriott Hotel. Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas will make the opening address. Tel. 210.940.8750 or log on to www.economistconferences.com. Hellenic Veterinary Multinational Society (HVMS) to host the 10th veterinary congress on «Technological Evolution and its Application in Veterinary Science,» at the Athens Hilton Hotel. To Sunday. Tel. 210.502.6051 or log on to www.hvms.gr. FRIDAY Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry to hold a conference on «The Importance of Structural Reforms for the Perspectives of the Greek Economy,» at 7 p.m. at its premises, 29 Tsimiski, Thessaloniki. Bank of Greece Governor Nikos Garganas will be the keynote speaker. Tel. 2310.370.132 or log on to www.ebeth.gr. Bank workers to stage a 24-hour strike demanding collective labor agreement. The 8th International Franchise Exhibition KEM 2006 to open its doors at the Athens Exhibition Center, 124 Kifissias. To Monday. For details, log on to www.kemexpo.gr. SATURDAY Tourism Ministry in cooperation with the World Tourism Council (WTTC) to host the first World Tourism Forum at 9 a.m. at the Hotel Grande Bretagne. To Sunday. Deputy Finance Minister Petros Doukas to speak. Tel. 210 870.7000 or log on to www.eot.gr. Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) to hold party’s third congress at the Porto Palace Hotel in Thessaloniki.