Prime Minister George Papandreou will visit the northeastern province of Thrace on Friday, it was announced on Monday following a meeting with ruling PASOK national council secretary Mihalis Karhimakis at the party’s headquarters in Athens.

PASOK’s national council is scheduled to convene on March 4, while the Party of European Socialists (PES) will meet later in the afternoon on that day at Athens’ Concert Hall (Megaron).

The party’s political council will meet one or two days ahead of the national council and a proposal will be tabled to hold the party’s congress on Sept. 3 instead of June as it was originally planned.

Papandreou has requested that the party mechanisms should be fully activated, pointing out that the imminent congress signals the extroversion of PASOK’s party organisations.