MONDAY Lawyers across the country continue their strike that they started last Wednesday in protest at government plans to liberalize their sector. The action is expected to continue at least until Tuesday. The US Embassy in Athens and its Consular Section, the US Consulate General in Thessaloniki, and all US government offices in Greece will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday, a US national holiday. In association with the Federation of Hellenic Enterprises and Grant Thornton International, the Athens Exchange is holding an event titled “Corporate Governance and Self-Regulation,” at the Athens bourse (110 Athinon), starting at 4 p.m. (Info: www.sev.org.gr)
TUESDAY The representatives of Greece’s international creditors arrive in Athens for talks with the government. The European Commission’s Task Force for Greece, led by Horst Reichenbach, is also due to arrive. The General Confederation of Greek Labor will hold a 24-hour strike. Railway workers are to hold a work stoppage from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. while the Proastiakos suburban railway will halt services between 5 and 7 a.m. and between 10 p.m. and midnight. Journalists at all mass media are scheduled to start a 48-hour strike. There will be no daily newspapers on Wednesday or Thursday. The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), the Institute for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE), Kantor and the Citizens’ Movement will hold a public debate titled “Investments, Development, Unemployment.” Speakers include Andreas Andreadis, president of the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE), and Efthymios Vidalis, president of the Board for Sustainable Development of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises. The debate will take place at the War Museum in Athens (2 Rizari Street & Vassilissis Sofias), starting at 6 p.m. (Info: www.eliamep.gr) The University of Athens is hosting an event titled “Academic Freedom and Law 4009/2011” at the university’s central building (30 Panepistimiou), starting at 6 p.m. (Info: www.uoa.gr)
THURSDAY The Institute for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) is holding a special event for the presentation of “IOBE and Greek Economy,” a book by Takis Politis, with keynote speakers including Bank of Greece Governor Giorgos Provopoulos and National Bank of Greece president Vassilis Rapanos, at the Ethniki Insurance Conference Center in Athens (103-105 Syngrou), starting at 6 p.m.
FRIDAY Listed companies Teletypos, Sarantis and Nutriart are due to hold extraordinary general meetings. The Furnidec Business 2012 exhibition opens at HELEXPO, the Thessaloniki International Exhibition Center. To January 23. The 20th New Life Expo Wedding exhibition opens at the Expo Athens center at Anthoussa in eastern Attica. To January 23. With the participation of the Environment and Energy Ministry, the Hellenic Electricity Association (HELAS) is hosting an investment conference titled “Restarting Growth: The Strategic Investments in Green Energy in Greece.” The keynote speaker will be Environment Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou. The conference will take place at the Divani Caravel Hotel in Athens. To Saturday.
SATURDAY The Epiplo kai Katoikia 2012 (Furniture and House) exhibition opens at the Peristeri Exhibition center in Peristeri, western Athens. To January 29. Expoline Ltd holds Balkanica Wedding Expo, featuring leading companies of the wedding industry, at the Sheraton Hotel in Sofia, Bulgaria, under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization. To Sunday. (Info: 210.515.3850, www.balkanicaexpo.com)