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THURSDAY The first Balkan Performing Arts Market begins in Thessaloniki. Through Sunday. Culture Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis will make the opening address. Call 2310.253.600 or log on to www.balkanperformingartsmarket.gr. President Karolos Papoulias meets with PASOK leader George Papandreou. Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis chairs National Foreign Policy Council meeting. Education Ministry hosts a conference on «Recycling» in cooperation with the Consumers’ Protection Center (KEPKA), at 6 p.m. at the Grand Hotel in Thessaloniki. Call 2310.233.333 or log on to www.kepka.gr. Employment Minister Savvas Tsitouridis attends EU employment ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg. Communist Party President Aleka Papariga visits Prague. National Bank of Greece repeat general meeting at 1 p.m. at the bank’s headquarters, 93 Aeolou, Athens. Libertas, an international human rights center, is hosting a conference on «Democratic Society and Human Rights» at the Caravel Hotel. Parliament Speaker Anna Psarouda-Benaki, Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Tourism Minister Fanni Palli-Petralia will speak. To tomorrow. The Business Telecommunications conference 2006 on «Leverage Telecommunications to Acquire Strategic & Competitive Advantage» begins at the Dais conference center. Call 210.661.7777 or log on to www.btc06.gr. Technical Chamber of Greece hosts a conference on «E-communications» in cooperation with the Athens Bar Association, at the amphitheater of the Transport Ministry, 2 Anastasseos, Papagou. Call 210.329.1252 or log on to www.tee.gr. Acropolis Rally 2006 begins at 6 p.m. at the OAKA Olympic stadium in the presence of President Karolos Papoulias. Through Sunday. For details, log on to www.acropolisrally.gr. FRIDAY Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis meets with his Romanian counterpart Mihai Razvan and Patriarch Theoktistos of Romania during a three-day visit to Bucharest. University of Athens hosts a conference on «Strategy and Perspectives of the Greek Bank System,» at 5.30 p.m. at the university, 76 Patission. Call 210.820.3689. PASOK holds a Panhellenic two-day congress on «Local Governance» at the Peace and Friendship Stadium. PASOK leader George Papandreou to make the opening speech. To Saturday.