OPINION

Agenda

Thursday Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis pays a three-day visit to Cyprus. She will meet with her Cypriot counterpart Markos Kyprianou. To Sunday. Health Minister Dimitis Avramopoulos to inaugurate the new cardiological unit of the Mitera Pediatric Clinic at 8 p.m. President Karolos Papoulias to meet with Koichiro Matsuura, the UNESCO director general. Defense Minister Evangelos Meimarakis to attend NATO’s defense ministers’ meeting in Brussels. To tomorrow. Judicial employees begin a 48-hour strike, today and tomorrow, demanding more staff and better salaries. General secretary of the Communist Party Aleka Papariga and president of the Communist youth party (KNE) Yiannis Protoulis hold a joint press conference at noon on the forthcoming party’s festival. The Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) holds a conference on the conditions of Greek prisons, starting at 6 p.m. at the University of Athens’s Drakopoulos Amphitheater. For details, log on to www.syriza.gr. Transport Minister Costis Hatzidakis and Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis hold a joint press conference on prospects for the construction of bicycle lanes in Greek cities. At 11.30 a.m. The board of the Union of Prefectural Authorities of Greece (ENAE) meets with Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis at noon. Talks will focus on the finances of the prefectures. The Technical Chamber of Greece and the National Technical University hold a press conference at 12.30 p.m. to present difficulties and insufficiency in technical education. The PASOK party is hosting a conference on «The Delay in the Award of Justice: Reasons and Proposals,» starting at 5.30 p.m. at the Titania Hotel. For details, call 210.366.5414-5 or log on to www.pasok.gr. The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece is hosting a conference on «Modern Electronic Means in the Service of the Work of the Church,» at the Pendeli Monastery. For details, call 210.727.2245 or log on to www.ecclesia.gr. Friday Heads of state and government from Southeast Europe to meet at Zappeion Hall in Athens. Employees at the Municipality of Piraeus hold a demonstration at the city’s port protesting the municipality’s financial problems and the government’s lack of concern. Sunday European Wind Day. A series of events and conferences will take place across the country. For details, log on to www.eletaen.gr. The 22nd congress of the European Rhinologic Society and the 27th international symposium of Infection & Allergies of the Nose begin at the Creta Maris Congress Center. To Friday.