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10 2006•The Bulletin of the European Union reports on the activities of the Commission and the other Community
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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 October 2006
News in brief 6
I Informal European Council 8
1 Institutional questions 9
2 Better lawmaking 11
3 Lisbon strategy 12
4 Information and communication 13
5 Human rights 14
6 Economic and monetary policy 16
7 Statistical system 20
8 Employment and social policy 21
9 Equal opportunities for women and men 26
10 The internal market 27
11 Competition 35
12 Enterprise 37
13 Research and technology 40
14 Information society and the media 42
15 Economic and social cohesion 44
16 Trans-European networks 46
17 Agriculture and rural development 47
18 Fisheries and maritime affairs 50
19 Area of freedom, security and justice 53
20 Education and culture 61
21 Environment 64
22 Transport 71
23 Energy 78
24 Health and consumer protection 8225 Enlargement 90
26 Common foreign and security policy 94
27 International organisations and conferences 95
28 Common commercial policy 97
29 Development cooperation 104
30 Humanitarian aid 109
31 European neighbourhood policy 110
32 European Economic Area (EEA),
European Free Trade Association (EFTA) 111
33 Relations with third countries and regional groupings 113
The western Balkans 113
Southern Mediterranean and the Middle East 113
Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and central Asia 115
United States, Japan and other industrialised countries 122
Asia 123
Latin America 125
Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and overseas countries
and territories (OCTS) 126
Diplomatic relations 131
34 Financing Community activities, resource management,
protection of financial interests 132
Budgets 132
Protection of the Communities’ financial interests
and the fight against fraud 134
35 Community law 136
Monitoring the application of Community law 136
Decisions by the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance 136
36 Community institutions 139
European Parliament 139
Council 139
Commission 142
Court of Auditors 143
European Investment Bank 143
European Economic and Social Committee 146
Committee of the Regions 147
Part Two Documentation
1 Additional references in the Official Journal 150
2 Corrigenda 152
3 Index 153PART ONE
IN OCTOBER 2006News in brief
¡ Lisbon strategy: Commission communication — ‘An innovation-friendly, modern Europe’
(→ point 1.3.1).
¡ Statistical system: Commission proposal on the establishment of the European Statistical
Governance Advisory Board (→ point 1.7.3).
¡ Progress: European Parliament and Council decision establishing a Community programme
for employment and social solidarity — ‘Progress’ (→ point 1.8.3).
¡ Demographic challenge: Commission communication — ‘The demographic future of
Europe, from challenge to opportunity’ (→ point 1.8.1).
¡ Postal services: proposal for a directive concerning the full accomplishment of the internal
market of Community postal services (→ point 1.10.3).
¡ Passenger name records: provisional agreement on the processing and transfer of passen-
ger name record data by air carriers to the United States Department of Homeland Security
(→ point 1.10.14).
¡ Competitiveness and innovation: European Parliament and Council decision establishing
a competitivvation framework programme (2007–13) (→ point 1.12.2).
¡ Cohesion guidelines: Council decision on Community strategic guidelines on cohesion
(→ point 1.15.2).
¡ Schengen border traffic: Council regulation laying down rules on local border traffic at the
external land borders of the Member States (→ point 1.19.6).
¡ Schengen information system: proposals for regulations and a decision on the establishment,
operation and use of the second generation Schengen information system (SIS II) (→ points
1.19.7 and 1.19.8).
¡ Asylum and immigration: Council decision on the establishment of a mutual information
procedure concerning Member States’ measures in the areas of asylum and immigration (→ point
¡ Bank accounts: Green Paper on improving the efficiency of the enforcement of judgments
in the European Union: the attachment of bank accounts (→ point 1.19.7).
¡ Education: Commission proposal on the establishment of the European Institute of Tech-
nology (→ point 1.20.1).
¡ Energy efficiency: Commission communications concerning the Global Energy Efficiency
and Renewable Energy Fund (→ point 1.23.4) and an action plan for energy efficiency (→ point
¡ External energy policy: Commission communication — ‘External energy relations — from
principles to action’ (→ point 1.23.9).
¡ Alcohol: Commission communication — ‘An EU strategy to support Member States in
reducing alcohol-related harm’ (→ point 1.24.15).
¡ European neighbourhood policy: Council regulation laying down general provisions estab-
lishing a European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (→ point 1.31.1).
¡ Ukraine: EU–Ukraine summit (→ point 1.33.31).
6 Bull. EU 10-2006