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The coming week (16-22/6/03)...Thessaloniki European Council

The paramount event of the Greek Presidency is the European Council, which meets this week in Thessaloniki and will be followed by the EU-Western Balkans Summit (Zagreb Process II).

The week begins however with the General Affairs and External Relations Council, which meets on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 June in Luxembourg. Foreign Minister George Papandreou and Alternate Foreign Minister Tassos Giannitsis will attend the meeting before departing for Thessaloniki.

Also on Monday (16 June), the Committees of Permanent Representatives (COREPER I & II) will convene in Brussels. 

The President of the European Council, Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis, will conclude his Tour of EU Capitals with a visit to Rome for talks with his Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi.

On Wednesday 18 June, Simitis will travel to Thessaloniki.

The European Parliament plenary session is scheduled for 18-19 June in Strasbourg.

The sessions of the European Council will begin at the Porto Carras hotel in Chalkidiki on Thursday, 19 June and be concluded on Friday, 20 June.

The EU-Western Balkans Summit (Zagreb Process II) will be held the following day (Saturday, 21 June).

On Sunday, 22 June, Papandreou will represent the EU at the Middle East Quartet meeting in Amman, which will also be attended by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, US Secretary of State Colin Powel and Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov.

Other meetings and events this week include the Euro-Mediterranean Water Forum (Athens, 16-20/6), the European Conference on the Free Movement of Workers and the Coordination of Social Security Systems (Athens, 20-21/6) and the European Youth Conference (Rethymno, 21-24/6).


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