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Activities of the institutions and bodies
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5 2006•The Bulletin of the European Union reports on the activities of the Commission and the other Community
institutions. It is produced by the Secretariat-General of the European Commission and published
10 times a year in the official European languages.
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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 May 2006
News in brief 6
1 Institutional questions 8
2 Better lawmaking 10
3 Lisbon strategy 12
4 Information and communication 13
5 Human rights 14
6 Economic and monetary policy 15
7 Statistical system 17
8 Employment and social policy 18
9 Equal opportunities for women and men 20
10 The internal market 21
11 Competition 27
12 Enterprise 29
13 Research and technology 33
14 Information society and the media 37
15 Economic and social cohesion 39
16 Trans-European networks 42
17 Agriculture and rural development 43
18 Fisheries and maritime affairs 47
19 Area of freedom, security and justice 50
20 Education and culture 53
21 Environment 57
22 Transport 64
23 Energy 70
24 Health and consumer protection 7225 Enlargement 76
26 Common foreign and security policy 80
27 International organisations and conferences 83
28 Common commercial policy 85
29 Development cooperation 89
30 Humanitarian aid 91
31 European neighbourhood policy 92
32 European Economic Area (EEA),
European Free Trade Association (EFTA) 93
33 Relations with third countries and regional groupings 94
The western Balkans 94
Southern Mediterranean and the Middle East 94
Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and central Asia 95
United States, Japan and other industrialised countries 97
Asia 98
Latin America 99
Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and overseas countries
and territories (OCTs) 100
Diplomatic relations 105
34 Financing Community activities, resource management,
protection of financial interests 106
Budgets 106
Financial operations 118
Protection of the Communities’ financial interests
and the fight against fraud 119
35 Community law 120
Monitoring the application of Community law 120
Decisions by the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance 120
36 Community institutions 123
European Parliament 123
Council 124
Commission 128
Court of Auditors 128
European Investment Bank 129
European Economic and Social Committee 131
Part Two Documentation
1 Additional references in the Official Journal 134
3Index137PART ONE
IN MAY 2006News in brief
¡ Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe: Ratification by Estonia (→ point 1.1.1).
¡ Future of the Union: Commission communications — ‘A citizens’ agenda — Delivering
results for Europe’ and ‘The period of reflection and Plan D’ (→ point 1.1.2).
¡ Transparency: Green Paper ‘European transparency initiative’ (→ point 1.1.4).
¡ Promoting decent work: Commission communication — ‘Promoting decent work for all:
The EU contribution to the implementation of the decent work agenda in the world’ (→ point
¡ Combating discrimination: European Parliament and Council decision on the European
Year of Equal Opportunities for All (2007) — Towards a Just Society (→ point 1.8.5).
¡ Services: Council political agreement on the proposal for a directive on services in the inter-
nal market (→ point 1.10.2).
¡ Taxation and customs union: Commission decisions establishing, of one part, a Commu-
nity programme to improve the operation of taxation systems in the internal market (Fiscalis
2013) (→ point 1.10.6) and, of the other part, an action programme for customs in the Commu-
nity (Customs 2013) (→ point 1.28.2).
¡ The fight against fiscal fraud: Commission communication concerning the need to develop
a coordinated strategy to improve the fight against fiscal fraud (→ point 1.10.7).
¡ ITER: Establishment of the ITER International Fusion Energy Organisation (→ point
¡ i2010: First annual report on the European information society (→ point 1.14.2).
¡ Network and information security: Commission communication on a strategy for a secure
information society — ‘Dialogue, partnership and empowerment’ (→ point 1.14.1).
¡ Fisheries: Commission communication — ‘Improving consultation on Community fisheries
management’ (→ point 1.18.2).
¡ Common consular instructions: Commission proposal for a regulation amending the com-
mon consular instructions on visas for diplomatic missions and consular posts in relation to the
introduction of biometrics including provisions on the organisation of the reception and pro-
cessing of visa applications (→ point 1.19.3).
¡ University reforms: Commission communication — ‘Delivering on the modernisation
agenda for universities: education, research and innovation’ (→ point 1.20.1).
¡ Biodiversity: Commission communication — ‘Halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010 —
and beyond: sustaining ecosystem services for human well-being’ (→ point 1.21.4).
¡ Energy Community Treaty: Council approval of the Energy Community Treaty (→ point
¡ Enlargement: Commission communication — ‘Enlargement, two years after — An eco-
nomic success’ (→ point 1.25.1).
¡ Russia: European Union–Russia summit (→ point 1.33.12) and signing of an agreement on
the facilitation of the issuance of visas (→ point 1.19.2).
¡ Latin America: European Union–Latin America and Caribbean summit (→ point 1.33.26).
¡ Mexico: European Union–Mexico summit (→ point 1.33.27).
6 Bull. EU 5-2006