Thursday Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis meets with Labor Minister Savvas Tsitouridis and Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis. Representatives of employees of the Thessaloniki Water and Sewerage Company (EYATH) hold a press conference at 11 a.m. to brief the public on the latest developments in the company. Communist Party leader Aleka Papariga starts a two-day visit to the Palestinian Territories. To tomorrow. Members of the Panhellenic Federation of Teaching and Scientific Personnel (POSDEP) and the State High Schools’ Federation (OLME) hold a press conference regarding the government’s decision to amend Article 16 of the Constitution. Teachers are expected to renew strike action next week. Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas and his deputy Anastassios Neratzis inaugurate a national time chart on an electronic screen in front of the Development Ministry’s offices at noon. Labor Minister Savvas Tsitouridis visits the Manpower Organization (OAED) headquarters at 10 a.m. At 11.30 a.m. he meets with the president of the General Confederation of Greek Small Businesses and Traders (GSEVEE), Dimitris Asimakopoulos, and the governor of the Social Security Organization for the Self-Employed (OAEE or TEBE), Constantinos Kontos. Thessaloniki Prefect Panayiotis Psomiadis visits Razlog, Bulgaria, to attend events celebrating the country’s accession into the European Union. President of Republic Karolos Papoulias meets with Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas. Saturday Shops and department stores will remain closed today due to the Epiphany national holiday.

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