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Activities of the institutions and bodies
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4 2006•The Bulletin of the European Union reports on the activities of the Commission and the other Community
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Publications cited in this Bulletin
Bull. Bulletin of the European Union
Supplement — Bull. Supplement to the Bulletin of the European Union
General Report General Report on the Activities of the European UnionContents
Part One Activities in April 2006
News in brief 6
1 Institutional questions 7
2 Better lawmaking 8
3 Lisbon strategy 9
4 Information and communication 10
5 Human rights 11
6 Economic and monetary policy 12
7 Statistical system 13
8 Employment and social policy 14
9 Equal opportunities for women and men 18
10 The internal market 19
11 Competition 23
12 Enterprise 26
13 Research and technology 28
14 Information society and the media 30
15 Economic and social cohesion 33
16 Trans-European networks 35
17 Agriculture and rural development 36
18 Fisheries and maritime affairs 39
19 Area of freedom, security and justice 42
20 Education and culture 51
21 Environment 54
22 Transport 59
23 Energy 62
24 Health and consumer protection 6425 Enlargement 67
26 Common foreign and security policy 70
27 International organisations and conferences 72
28 Common commercial policy 74
29 Development cooperation 77
30 Humanitarian aid 82
31 European neighbourhood policy 83
32 European Economic Area (EEA),
European Free Trade Association (EFTA) 84
33 Relations with third countries and regional groupings 85
The western Balkans 85
Southern Mediterranean and the Middle East 85
Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and central Asia 87
United States, Japan and other industrialised countries 89
Asia 89
Latin America 90
Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and overseas countries
and territories (OCTs) 91
34 Financing Community activities, resource management,
protection of financial interests 98
Budgets 98
Financial operations 100
35 Community law 101
Monitoring the application of Community law 101
Decisions by the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance 101
36 Community institutions 106
European Parliament 106
Council 108
Commission 111
Court of Auditors 112
European Investment Bank 113
European Economic and Social Committee 114
Committee of the Regions 115
European Schools 115
Part Two Documentation
1 Additional references in the Official Journal 118
2 Corrigenda 120
3 Index 121PART ONE
IN APRIL 2006News in brief
¡ International Criminal Court: Cooperation and assistance agreement between the Euro-
pean Union and the International Criminal Court (→ point 1.5.5).
¡ Social services of general interest: Commission communication — ‘Implementing the
Community Lisbon programme: Social services of general interest in the European Union’
(→ point 1.8.1).
¡ Combating discrimination: Council decision on the European Year of Equal Opportunities
for All (2007) — Towards a Just Society (→ point 1.8.8).
¡ Labour law: Commission communication — ‘Guidance on the posting of workers in the
framework of the provision of services’ (→ point 1.8.10).
¡ Services: Amended proposal for a directive on services in the internal market (→ point
¡ Corporate tax base: Commission communication — Progress to date and next steps towards
a common consolidated corporate tax base (CCCTB) (→ point 1.10.8).
¡ Universal service: Commission report regarding the outcome of the review of the scope of
universal service (→ point 1.14.1).
¡ E-government: Commission communication — ‘i2010 e-Government action plan: acceler-
ating e-Government in Europe for the benefit of all’ (→ point 1.14.4).
¡ World Summit on the Information Society: Commission communication — ‘Towards a
global partnership in the information society: follow-up to the Tunis phase of the World Summit
on the Information Society (WSIS)’ (→ point 1.14.6).
¡ Poultrymeat: Council regulation on the application of exceptional market support meas-
ures (→ point 1.17.8).
¡ Fisheries: Commission communication on a new comprehensive partnership with Greenland
(→ point 1.18.4).
¡ Presumption of innocence: Green Paper on the presumption of innocence (→ point 1.19.26).
¡ Visa applications: Council decision concerning an increase in fees to be charged to visa
applicants (→ point 1.19.3).
¡ Air safety and security: Directive 2006/23/EC on a Community air traffic controller licence
(→ point 1.22.2).
¡ Energy efficiency: Directive 2006/32/EC on energy efficiency (→ point 1.23.1).
¡ Consumer financial services: Commission communication concerning the distance mar-
keting of consumer financial services (→ point 1.24.9).
¡ Common foreign and security policy: Council guidelines concerning the appointment,
mandate and financing of EU Special Representatives (→ point 1.26.1).
¡ Japan: EU–Japan summit (→ point 1.33.19).
¡ Cotonou Agreement: Decision on the provisional application of the internal agreement con-
cerning the ACP–EC partnership agreement (→ point 1.33.29).
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