OPINION

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THURSDAY Defense Minister Evangelos Meimarakis to attend informal EU defense ministers meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos leaves for Milan, Italy, to visit the BIT 2008 International Travel Show. To tomorrow. Education Minister Evripidis Stylianidis to meet with his Romanian counterpart Cristian Mihai Adomnitei in Thessaloniki. The Central Union of Municipalities and Communities of Greece (KEDKE) and the Hellenic Management Association (EEDE) hold a conference on «Improving Municipal Management,» starting at 10 a.m. at the Theodoros Karatzas Amphitheater of the National Bank of Greece. Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis will speak. For details, log on to www.kedke.gr. The Agricultural Development Ministry hosts a conference on «Forest Policy,» at 9 a.m. at the Greek Biotope-Wetland Center in Thessaloniki. Macedonia-Thrace Minister Margaritis Tzimas and Deputy Agriculture Minister Costas Kiltidis will speak. To tomorrow. For further details, log on to www.minagric.gr. FRIDAY The 10th international «Education» exhibition opens at 6 p.m. at the Helexpo Palace in Maroussi. To Sunday. For details, visit www.europartners.gr/education or www.ekpaidefsi.gr. The Southeastern Europe Telecommunications & Informatics Research Institute (INA) hosts a two-day conference on «Business-Consumer and Internet: Advice for Safer Transactions,» starting at 6.30 p.m. at the Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Deputy Development Minister Stavros Kalafatis will speak. To Saturday. For details, log on to www.inatelecom.org. SATURDAY The European Parliament Bureau in Greece is hosting a conference on «50 Years of European Parliament: European Current Affairs in the Press and the Regional Mass Media,» at the Cultural Center of Aristotle’s School in Naoussa. Tel. 210.327.8911. A demonstration will be held at noon outside the gates of Athens University by the Communist Party (KKE) and Communist Youth (KNE) to protest recent developments in the Balkans. Protesters will then march to the offices of the EU and the US Embassy.