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11 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 November 2006
News in brief 6
1 Institutional questions 8
2 Better lawmaking 9
3 Lisbon strategy 11
4 Information and communication 12
5 Human rights 13
6 Economic and monetary policy 15
7 Statistical system 20
8 Employment and social policy 23
9 Equal opportunities for women and men 26
10 The internal market 28
11 Competition 37
12 Enterprise 39
13 Research and technology 43
14 Information society and the media 46
15 Economic and social cohesion 49
16 Trans-European networks 52
17 Agriculture and rural development 53
18 Fisheries and maritime affairs 55
19 Area of freedom, security and justice 59
20 Education and culture 65
21 Environment 70
22 Transport 75
23 Energy 78
24 Health and consumer protection 8025 Enlargement 84
26 Common foreign and security policy 95
27 International organisations and conferences 99
28 Common commercial policy 102
29 Development cooperation 110
30 Humanitarian aid 113
31 European neighbourhood policy 114
32 European Economic Area (EEA),
European Free Trade Association (EFTA) 115
33 Relations with third countries and regional groupings 118
The western Balkans 118
Southern Mediterranean and the Middle East 118
Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and central Asia 121
United States, Japan and other industrialised countries 125
Asia 126
Latin America 127
Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and overseas countries
and territories (OCTS) 128
Diplomatic relations 132
34 Financing Community activities, resource management,
protection of financial interests 133
Budgets 133
Protection of the Communities’ financial interests
and the fight against fraud 135
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 143
European Parliament 143
Council 144
Court of Auditors 147
European Investment Bank 147
Part Two Documentation
1 Additional references in the Official Journal 154
2 Corrigenda 158
3 Index 159PART ONE
IN NOVEMBER 2006News in brief
¡ Better lawmaking: Commission communication — ‘A strategic review of better regulation
in the European Union’ (→ point 1.2.1); annexed working documents ‘First progress report on the
strategy for the simplification of the regulatory environment’ (→ point 1.2.2) and ‘Measuring
administrative costs and reducing administrative burdens in the European Union’ (→ point 1.2.3).
¡ The European Union economy: Commission first annual report on the euro area (→ point
¡ Statistical information: proposal for a decision setting up a European Advisory Commit-
tee on Community Statistical Information Policy (CEIES) (→ point 1.7.1); Commission com-
munication on reduction of the response burden, simplification and priority-setting in the field
of Community statistics (→ point 1.7.6).
¡ Labour law: Green Paper — ‘Modernising labour law to meet the challenges of the 21st cen-
tury’ (→ point 1.8.5).
¡ European financial system: White Paper on enhancing the single market framework for
investment funds (→ point 1.10.13).
¡ Research and development taxation: Commission communication concerning a more effec-
tive use of tax incentives in favour of research and development (→ point 1.10.21).
¡ Economic reforms and competitiveness: Commission communication on key messages
from the European Competitiveness Report 2006 (→ point 1.12.3).
¡ Entrepreneurship and growth: European Parliament resolution on the creation of a part-
nership for entrepreneurship and growth (→ point 1.12.4).
¡ Electronic mail: Commission communication on fighting spam, spyware and malicious soft-
ware (→ point 1.14.3).
¡ European regional policy: Commission communication — ‘Regions for economic change’
(→ point 1.15.2).
¡ Diplomatic and consular protection: Green Paper on diplomatic and consular protection
for European Union citizens in third countries (→ point 1.19.5).
¡ Migration: Commission communication — ‘The global approach to migration one year on:
towards a comprehensive European migration policy’ (→ point 1.19.12).
¡ Border security: Commission communication — ‘Reinforcing the management of the Euro-
pean Union’s southern maritime borders’ (→ point 1.19.9).
¡ European capitals of culture: Council decision on the European capitals of culture event
for the year 2010 (→ point 1.20.11).
¡ Lifelong learning: European Parliament and Council decision establishing an integrated
action programme in the field of lifelong learning (→ point 1.20.3).
¡ Air transport: Joint aviation summit between the European Union and India (→ point
¡ Nuclear waste: Council directive on the supervision and control of shipments of radioac-
tive waste and nuclear spent fuel (→ point 1.23.3).
¡ Animal welfare: Proposal for a regulation banning the placing on the market and the import of
or export from the Community of cat and dog fur and products containing such fur (→ point 1.24.5).
6 Bull. EU 11-2006