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Bulletin of the European Communities. No 11/1991 Volume 24

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ISSN 0378-3693 Bulletin of the European Communities Commission No 11 D 1991 Volume 24 The Bulletin of the European Communities reports on the activities of the Commission and the other Community institutions. It is edited by the Secretariat-General of then (rue de la Loi 200, B-1049 Brussels) and published 10 times a year in the official Community languages. The following reference system is used: the first digit indicates the part number, the second digit the chapter number and the subsequent digit or digits the point number. Citations should therefore read as follows: Bull. EC 1 /2-1991, point 1.1.3 or 2.2.36. Supplements to the Bulletin are published in a separate series at irregular intervals. They contain official Commission material (e.g. communications to the Council, programmes, reports and pro­posals). © ECSC-EEC-EAEC, Brussels· Luxembourg, 1991 Reproduction is authorized provided the source is acknowledged. Printed in Belgium Bulletin of the European Communities Commission ECSC — EEC — EAEC Commission of the European Communities Secretariat-General Brussels NO 11 D 1991 Volume 24 Sent to press in January 1992 Bulletin information service Readers can obtain information on developments since this issue went to press (date of adoption of instruments by the Council, of opinions given by Parliament or the Economic and Social Committee, of publication in the Official Journal, etc.

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ISSN 0378-3693
Bulletin
of the European
Communities
Commission
No 11 D 1991
Volume 24 The Bulletin of the European Communities reports on the activities of the Commission and the
other Community institutions. It is edited by the Secretariat-General of then (rue de la
Loi 200, B-1049 Brussels) and published 10 times a year in the official Community languages.
The following reference system is used: the first digit indicates the part number, the second digit
the chapter number and the subsequent digit or digits the point number. Citations should therefore
read as follows: Bull. EC 1 /2-1991, point 1.1.3 or 2.2.36.
Supplements to the Bulletin are published in a separate series at irregular intervals. They contain
official Commission material (e.g. communications to the Council, programmes, reports and pro­
posals).
© ECSC-EEC-EAEC, Brussels· Luxembourg, 1991
Reproduction is authorized provided the source is acknowledged.
Printed in Belgium Bulletin
of the European
Communities
Commission
ECSC — EEC — EAEC
Commission of the European Communities
Secretariat-General
Brussels
NO 11 D 1991 Volume 24
Sent to press in January 1992 Bulletin information service
Readers can obtain information on developments since this issue went to press (date of
adoption of instruments by the Council, of opinions given by Parliament or the Economic
and Social Committee, of publication in the Official Journal, etc.) by telephoning the
document services of the Information Offices at the following numbers:
London 222 8122
Belfast 240708
Cardiff 371631
Edinburgh5 205
Dublin 712244
References in the text
References to other parts of the same issue of the Bulletin are given in parentheses in text,
thus (—► point 2.1.53).
Standardized abbreviations for the designation of certain monetary units in the different languages of
the Community:
= ECU European currency unit
BFR Belgische frank / Franc beige =
DKR = Dansk krone
DM = Deutsche Mark
DR = Greek drachma
= ESC Escudo
= FF Franc français
HFL = Nederlandse gulden (Hollandse florijn)
IRL = Irish pound / punt
LFR = Franc luxembourgeois
LIT = Lira italiana
PTA = Peseta
UKL = Pound sterling
USD United States dollar contents
ACTIVITIES IN
PARTONE NOVEMBER 1991
News in brief
Towards European union 11
— Preparations for the European Council 11
12 — Economic and monetary union
— Political union 13
The single market and the Community economic and
social area 15
— Internal market 15
— Competition 20
— Enterprise policy, industrial policy and services 23
— Research and technology 25
— Telecommunications and information services 29
— Transport 31
— Energy 33
— Coordination of structural policies 34
— Social dimension 34
— Regional policies 40
42 — Agriculture
— Fisheries 54
— Environment 56
60 — Consumers
— A people's Europe 60
— Audiovisual media, information, communication
and culture 62
The role of the Community in the world 65
— European Free Trade Association 65
The Soviet Union and the countries of Central and
Eastern Europe 65 — Mediterranean and Middle East 70
— United States of America, Japan and other
industrialized countries5
— Asia and Latin America
— African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and overseas
countries and territories8
— General development cooperation 8
— Commercial policy 8
— International organizations and conferences7
— Human rights in the world9
— Diplomatic relations 90
4. Intergovernmental cooperation1
— European politicaln
5. Financing Community activities7
— Budget
— Financial operations8
— Measures to combat fraud 99
— European Investment Bank
6. Statistics 102
7. Community institutions4
— Parliament
— Council6
— Commission 110
— Community lawcourts1
— Court of Auditors3
— Economic and Social Committee 11
PART TWO DOCUMENTATION
1. The ecu 118
2. Satellite telecommunications 120
3. Democracy and development2
4. Measures to combat fraud4
5. Infringement proceedings5
6. Additional references in the Official Journal 13
7. Index 133 Supplements 1991
1 /91 The Commission's programme for 1991
2/91 Intergovernmental Conferences: Contributions by the Com­
mission
3/91 European industrial policy for the 1990s
4/91 Removal of tax obstacles to the cross-frontier activities of
companies
*5/91 The development and future of the common agricultural policy
In preparation. PARTONE
ACTIVITIES
IN NOVEMBER 1991 News in brief
The single market and the Community economic and social area
Internal market
The Council approves a proposal for a Directive supplementing the common system
of value-added tax (—> point 1.2.1).
The Council agrees a proposal for a Regulation concerning administrative cooperation
in the field of indirect taxation (-> point 1.2.2.).
The Council agrees a proposal for a Directive on sweeteners for use in foodstuffs
(-* point 1.2.4).
The Commission adopts a proposal for a Directive extending and modifying the
exceptions granted to Denmark and to Ireland relating to the rules governing travellers'
allowances on imports (-» point 1.2.3).
Enterprise policy, industrial policy and services
The Council adopts a resolution on electronics, information and communication
technologies (-> point 1.2.33).
Research and technology
JET achieves a world first in the field of controlled thermonuclear fusion (—► point
1.2.40).
Telecommunications and information services
The Council adopts a resolution on the development of the common market for
satellite telecommunications services and equipment (-> point 1.2..5.5).
The Council adopts the Impact 2 programme (-> point 1.2.56).
Social dimension
The Council and the Ministers for Education meeting within the Council adopt
conclusions on quality assessment in higher education, the reinforcement of mobility
in higher education and a pilot action for multilateral school partnership, and a
resolution onn research and statistics (—► points 1.2.80, 1.2.81, 1.2.84 and
1.2.85).
The Commission adopts two memoranda, one on higher education and the other on
I open distance learning (—» points 1.2.82 and 1.2.83).
8 Bull. EC 11-1991