OPINION

Agenda

THURSDAY Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to meet with the president of the European Economic and Social Committee, Dimitris Dimitriadis, at 10 a.m. Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis to attend NATO foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels. Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) President Alexis Tsipras to visit the Schneider electric plant in Oinofyta, Viotia prefecture. The Central Union of Municipalities and Communities of Greece (KEDKE) and the Regional Union of Municipalities and Societies (TEDK) meet to discuss future strike action. Defense Minister Evangelos Meimarakis visits Tripolis. Employees at social security funds, the Employment Ministry, the Manpower Organization (OAED) and Workers’ Housing Organization (OEK) stage a 24-hour strike over social security reforms. At 11 a.m. protesters will demonstrate in Korai Sq. New Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias to speak at a Foreign Press Association news conference. At 10.30 a.m. at its premises. The board of the Bank Workers’ Federation (OTOE) meets at 11 a.m. to discuss collective labor agreement for 2008 and social security. Female members of the General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE) and the Civil Servants’ Union (ADEDY) stage a demonstration at 10 a.m. outside the Labor Ministry opposing social security reforms. The General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE) meets at 2.30 p.m. to decide on union strike action. The General Secretariat for Equality holds a conference on «Comprehensive Initiatives for Women,» at 10 a.m. at the Athens Plaza Hotel. To tomorrow. Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos will speak. Tel. 210.321.5618 or log on to www.isotita.gr. The Greek Private-Public Partnership (PPP) Market Forum on «Bringing Together International & Greek Companies to Win Business across Europe,» begins at the Royal Olympic Hotel. Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis will be the keynote speaker. For further information, log on to www.bhcc.gr. FRIDAY Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis visits Ankara. The 10th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival begins. To March 16. Municipal workers stage a 24-hour strike to protest social security reforms.