OPINION

Agenda

THURSDAY Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis chair to a meeting of the government’s committee at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m. he will chair an inner-cabinet meeting on Foreign Ministry issues. The Tourism Ministry holds a conference on «Accessible Tourism,» at 10 a.m. at the Divani Caravel Hotel. Tourism Minister Fanni Palli-Petralia will make the opening address. For details, log on to www.gnto.gr. Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas to inaugurate the natural gas distribution network in Kilkis prefecture. At 6.30 p.m., he will lay the foundation stone of the Thessaloniki Technopolis, the first high-technology business park in northern Greece. The international conference of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations (WFUCA) takes place in Athens at the Athinaida conference center. To tomorrow. Communist Party general secretary Aleka Papariga visits Thessaloniki. The second international workshop on «Energy Performance and Environmental Quality of Buildings» begins on the island of Milos, at the island’s conference center. To Friday. Tel. 210.973.0697. The University of Crete hosts an international conference on «Information Communication Technology in Education,» at its premises in Iraklion, Crete. To Saturday. For details, log on to www.icicte.com. The Research and Training Institute of the Eastern Aegean hosts the fourth international conference on «Advances in Applied Financial Economics,» on the island of Samos. To Saturday. Tel. 210.645.9812 or log on to www.ineag.gr. FRIDAY The New Democracy central committee convenes at 10.30 a.m. at the Caravel Hotel. Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis will speak. Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos visits the island of Mytilene to attend the 19th conference of the country’s regional general secretaries. To Saturday. Synaspismos Left Coalition President Alekos Alavanos to meet with the board of the Bank Workers’ Federation (OTOE) at noon at the party’s offices. The Eleftherios Venizelos Foundation and Athens University host an international conference on «Economic Leadership in Small Countries: Lessons from the 20th Century Expecrience,» at 10 a.m. at the National Bank of Greece headquarters. Professor Joseph Stiglitz of Columbia University, the Nobel laureate in economics in 2001, will be the keynote speaker. To Saturday. For details, log on to www.venizelos-foundation.gr.