OPINION

Agenda

THURSDAY Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis to meet with Finance Minister of Azerbaijan Samir Sharifov, who is visiting Athens. At noon he is expected to meet with Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas. UN Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari to visit Cyprus. He will have talks with Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat. Sports Minister Giorgos Orfanos to hold a press conference on the terms for the construction of the new Helexpo conference center in Athens. Sixth world congress of Pontic Greeks begins at the Caravel Hotel in Athens. To Sunday. Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis will deliver the opening address. The conference is to be held under the aegis of President Karolos Papoulias. Institute of Energy for Southeast Europe (IENE) to host a conference on «Oil and the Economy,» at the Holiday Inn in Athens. Tel. 210.362.8457 or log on to www.iene.gr. University deans meet to discuss the draft bill for universities. National Technical University of Athens opens a two-day conference on «Intelligent Environments» at its premises. For details, log on to http://conferences.iee.org/ie06/index.htm. PASOK President George Papandreou to visit the Dodecanese islands of Rhodes and Tilos. OTE employees’ union (OME-OTE) to stage a four-hour work stoppage, from noon to 4 p.m., demanding a collective labor agreement. FRIDAY PASOK to host a conference on «Youth and Local Governance,» at 10.30 a.m. at the Inter-Continental Hotel. PASOK leader George Papandreou will speak. OTE employees’ union (OME-OTE) stage a 24-hour strike demanding a collective labor agreement. SATURDAY Constantine Karamanlis Institute for Democracy to hold a conference on «Municipal and Prefectural Elections,» at the Helexpo fairground in Thessaloniki. Macedonia-Thrace Minister Giorgos Kalatzis will speak. SUNDAY Greek soccer pools and lottery agencies to stage a strike.