THURSDAY Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to attend the European People’s party congress in Rome. To tomorrow. Tourism Minister Fanni Palli-Petralia visits Iraklion, Crete, to address a conference on «Upgrading the Tourism Sector,» hosted by the Tourism Ministry in cooperation with the Hoteliers’ Chamber of Greece. Deputy Culture Minister Giorgos Orfanos visits Messinia prefecture. To tomorrow. Bank workers’ federation (OTOE) meets to discuss further strike action. The Interior Ministry’s monitoring committee for the Politeia Program hosts a conference on the «Committee’s Annual Report for 2005 and Directions for 2006,» at 9.30 a.m. at the national center of public administration in Tavros. Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos will speak. Greek Physicists’ Association (EEF) organizes a four-day conference on «The New Horizons of the Natural Sciences in the 21st century» at the Divani Palace Hotel in Larissa. Runs to Sunday. Tel. 210.363.5701. Union heads and employers meet to discuss collective labor agreements. Gas station owners begin a 48-hour strike. FRIDAY The National Center for Public Administration and Self-Government (EKDDA) hosts a conference on «Policies for the Equality of the Sexes,» at 9.30 a.m. at the Athens Park Hotel. Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos will speak. Tel. 210.339.3537. Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis visits Thessaloniki to attend a meeting with the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (SVVE). Greek Social Forum holds a conference on «France’s March 2006: Experiences, Conclusions and Perspectives,» at 7.30 p.m. at the Bank of Greece, 16 Sina Street, Kolonaki. Medicexpo 2006 international exhibition on «Medical and Hospital Machinery» opens at the old airport in Hellenikon. To Monday. Tel. 210.756.8888. SUNDAY President Karolos Papoulias visits Alexandria, Egypt.