Thursday Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis meets with Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis. Labor Minister Savvas Tsitouridis visits the headquarters of the Manpower Organization (OAED). Transport Minister Michalis Liapis meets Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis to discuss the search for a strategic partner for OTE. Defense Minister Evangelos Meimarakis meets with Turkish counterpart Vecdi Gonul in Istanbul. Synaspismos President Alekos Alavanos meets with the Panhellenic Association of Public Works’ Contractors. Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas attends a meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris. The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece convenes. To tomorrow. The general secretaries of the National Center for Public Administration and Local Government (EKDDA) meet with mayors of the prefecture of Western Macedonia. The Central Union of Greek Municipalities (KEDKE), the General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE), the Civil Servants’ Union (ADEDY), the Greek Teachers’ Federation (OLME) and the Bank Workers’ Federation (OTOE) hold a press conference to discuss constitutional amendments that could hurt the natural environment, at 11.30 a.m. at KEDKE’s offices in Athens. OTE telecom workers in the prefectures of Kavala and Drama stage a 24-hour strike opposing the company’s privatization. Friday UN mediator Matthew Nimetz visits Athens at the invitation of the Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis to discuss a dispute over the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). Thessaloniki Cathedral presents the results of the European Program for the Information Society titled «Documenting, Digitalizing and Showcasing the Orthodox Culture,» at 10.30 a.m. at the cathedral’s educational and cultural foundation. Tel. 21310.261.216 or visit www.imth.gr. Saturday PASOK’s Parliamentary Group at the European Parliament hosts a conference on «The Vision of a New Europe: Achievements, Concerns, Perspectives,» at 11 a.m. at the conference hall Politeia in Patras. Tel. 210.366.5000 or visit www.pasok.gr. Sunday Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis begins a three-day visit to Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia.

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