Thursday Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis is to meet with Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos. The 2nd International Food Technology Exhibition, «Trofotech-Foodtech 2006,» opens at the Hellenikon exhibition center under the aegis of the Hellenic Food Authority, the Panhellenic Association of Food Technologies and the Union of Hellenic Independent Quality Control Laboratories. For details, visit www.trofotech.com. To Monday. The 9th Exhibition of Organic Products and Services, «EcoFestival 2006,» opens at Helexpo’s grounds in Maroussi, northern Athens. To Sunday. The Panhellenic Federation of Local Government Employees are to stage a four-hour strike from 11 a.m. An international symposium on Cultural and Heritage Tourism opens at the Helexpo venue in Thessaloniki during the «Philoxenia» exhibition. To Sunday. Friday An open discussion is to be held at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki on «Asylum at University Campuses and How to Protect It» at 7.30 p.m. Members of the Greek Federation of Bank Employees’ Unions (OTOE) are due to stage a 24-hour strike in protest at plans to limit collective wage bargaining in the banking sector. Piraeus port workers stage a 24-hour strike opposing the government’s intention to transfer parts of the commerce service stations to the private sector. The 47th International Thessaloniki Film Festival begins, running to November 26. More than 300 films will be shown at the festival, which will open with the British film «The Queen.» Saturday An international environmental conference titled «A Clean Greece is A Beautiful Greece» is to take place in Thessaloniki. It is organized under the auspices of the Ministry of National Economy and Finance and the Ministry of Tourism. Visit www. omorfiellada-kathariellada.gr for details.

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