OPINION

Agenda

THURSDAY Defense Minister Evangelos Meimarakis to attend informal meeting of NATO defense ministers in Vilnius, Lithuania. He returns tomorrow. Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis is on a two-day visit to Bucharest. Today he will hold talks with Patriarch Daniel of Romania and Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu. He returns tomorrow. Culture Minister Michalis Liapis visits the Book Bazaar in Klafthmonos Square. The bazaar will run through Monday. The General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE) convenes to discuss current developments in social security and to better coordinate the general strike on February 13. At 11 a.m. at the Park Hotel. President Karolos Papoulias to meet with Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis at 11 a.m. The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece convenes to elect the new archbishop of Athens. Municipal workers stage a four-hour work stoppage, from 11 a.m. to the end of their shift, in support of financial demands. At noon protesters will demonstrate in front of the Interior Ministry. The fifth conference of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) begins at the Tae Kwon Do Stadium in Faliron. The new leader of SYRIZA will be elected during the conference. To Sunday. The Economist’s sixth Banking Forum, on «The Banking Outlook for the Southeast European Region up to 2030,» begins at 9 a.m. at the Ledra Marriott Hotel in Athens. Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis will speak. FRIDAY Bank of Greece Governor Nikos Garganas to chair a meeting of heads of central banks in Southeastern Europe in Thessaloniki. Cooperation among banks in the region will top the agenda. The Agricultural Development Ministry hosts a conference on «Climate Changes and Agriculture,» starting at 8.30 a.m. at the Helexpo grounds in Thessaloniki. To Saturday. Tel. 2310.997.158. The Organization for the Certification & Inspection of Organic Products (DIO) hosts a conference on «Organic Agriculture in 2008,» at the Helexpo grounds in Thessaloniki. For details, log on to www.dionet.gr. SUNDAY Defense Minister Evangelos Meimarakis to attend the 44th Munich Conference on Security Policy to take place in Munich, Germany.