OPINION

Agenda

THURSDAY Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to meet with Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos at 10 a.m. The European Central Bank’s governing council meets at Zappeion Hall. Premier Costas Karamanlis will speak at 8.30 p.m. Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis to be awarded the European Prize of Regional Policy and Local Authorities at a special ceremony in Innsbruck, Austria. Communist Party General Secretary Aleka Papariga holds a press conference at noon to present the party’s events program for its 90th anniversary. Defense Minister Evangelos Meimarakis visits Symi and Sikinos islands. The 31st League of Athens Publishers’ book fair opens on the Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian walkway. To May 20. Port employees stage a 48-hour strike demanding collective labor agreement. The British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and the British Embassy host the «2 Ministers» luncheon with guest speakers Development Minister Christos Folias and UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment Lord Digby Jones at 1.30 p.m. at the Athens Concert Hall. For details, log on to www.bhcc.gr. The Foreign Ministry and the Technical Chamber of Greece host a conference on «Cooperation for Boosting the Professional Activities of Greek Technical Companies Abroad,» at 3 p.m at the Foreign Ministry. For details, log on to www.tee.gr. FRIDAY Archbishop Ieronymos pays his first official visit to the Phanar in Istanbul. Athens-Piraeus Super-Prefect Dina Bei to meet with Dimitris Paxinos, president of the Athens Bar Association. On the occasion of «Europe Day,» the representation of the European Committee in Greece and the European Parliament Bureau in Greece in collaboration with the Foreign Ministry organize a concert dedicated to climate change, starting at 8.30 p.m. in Syntagma Sq. For details, log on to http://ec.europa.eu/ellada/index-el.htm. SATURDAY The 30th international exhibition on furniture «Furnidec 2008» opens at the Helexpo grounds in Thessaloniki and will run through Sunday, May 18. For details, call 2310.291.203 or log on to www.helexpo.gr. Auto Moto Fiesta 2008, an exhibition of vehicles, cars and motorcycles, begins at Thessaloniki’s Helexpo grounds. To May 18. For details, log on to www.helexpo.gr.