OPINION

Agenda

THURSDAY Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to chair New Democracy’s parliamentary group in the morning. At 8 p.m. he will meet with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis to have consecutive talks with the leaders of opposition parties. Tourism Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos visits China. To April 1. President Karolos Papoulias to meet with the scientific community at noon. Talks will focus on social security reforms. Bank of Greece employees stage a 24-hour strike opposing social security reforms. Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Education Minister Evripidis Stylianidis hold a joint press conference on «Promoting Local Youth Councils,» at 10 a.m. at Zappeion Hall. Culture Minister Michalis Liapis is on a two-day official visit to Budapest. To tomorrow. Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos to present the «National Program of Social Cohesion and Solidarity,» at 9.30 a.m. at the Hilton Hotel. The Central Union of Municipalities and Communities of Greece (KEDKE) meets to decide whether to continue strike action. On the occasion of the 10-year anniversary of Le Monde Diplomatique’s edition in Greece, Eleftherotypia’s Sunday edition and the French Institute hold a lecture on «TV Debates, Blogs, Globalization, Economic Interests: How Independent is Journalism Today?» by the new director of Le Monde Diplomatique, Serge Halimi. At 7.30 p.m. at the French Institute of Athens. The fourth Plenary Session of the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly (EMPA) begins in Athens. This year’s subject is «Energy and Environment.» European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso will speak. To tomorrow. The Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) stages a protest at 7 p.m. outside Parliament over social security reforms. FRIDAY Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to address the fourth Plenary Session of the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly. Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis to attend informal EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Slovenia. To Saturday. SUNDAY Clocks go forward one hour (from 3 a.m. to 4 a.m.) as official summertime begins.