OPINION

Agenda

THURSDAY Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to attend European Council meeting in Brussels. To tomorrow. World Kidney Day. Merchant Marine Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis visits Mytilene. At 7 p.m. he will sign a memorandum providing for cooperation between the Ministry and the University of the Aegean. The National Confederation of Greek Trade press conference on the occasion of International Consumer Day on March 15. At noon at the King George Hotel. Development Minister Christos Folias will speak. Development Minister Christos Folias to meet with Russian Deputy Minister of Industry and Energy Anatoly Yanovski. Metro and Kifissia-Piraeus electric railway (ISAP) workers stage a 24-hour strike to protest pension reforms. Lawyers and engineers continue a 24-hour strike over pension reforms. Bank workers begin a 48-hour strike over pension reforms. President Karolos Papoulias to meet with GSEE and ADEDY boards at 1 p.m. At 1.30 p.m. he will hold talks with Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Constantinos Michalos. The country’s mayors hold a protest march at 10.30 a.m., beginning in Klafthmonos Sq, demanding disbursement of all due state funding. The Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) holds a press conference to present the party’s first Panhellenic convention starting tomorrow. At noon at the Athens Imperial Hotel. The eighth PASOK conference begins at the Faliron Olympic complex. To Sunday. The communist-affiliated union PAME holds a demonstration at 6 p.m. in Omonia Sq. FRIDAY The Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) convention starts at 6 p.m. at the Peace and Friendship Stadium. To Sunday. The European Parliament Bureau in Athens conference on «EU Energy Policy-Energy and Climate Change» starts at 12.30 p.m. at the Ianos cafe in Athens (24 Stadiou). For details, call 210.327.8911. SATURDAY World Consumer Rights Day. A peace march begins at 8 p.m. in Klafthmonos Sq, Athens.