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2005

January

1

Luxembourg takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

26

The Commission's strategic objectives for 2005-2009 "Prosperity, Solidarity and Security", are published.

31

The fifth meeting of the Association Council between the European Union and Tunisia is held in Brussels.

February

1

Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), signs an Agreement with the Moroccan Ambassador Menouar ALEM on the participation of the Kingdom of Morocco in Operation Althea, the European Union military crisis management operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Association Agreement between the European Union and Croatia enters into force today.

16

The European Commission welcomes the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol, which gives the international community its most powerful instrument yet to combat global climate change.

20

Spain holds a referendum on the European Constitution and is the first Member State to do so.

21-22

American President George W. Bush visits NATO and the European Union. It is the first visit of a US President to the European institutions.

March

7

An agreement is signed between the European Union and the Republic of Albania on the participation of the Republic of Albania in the European Union military crisis management operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Operation Althea).

11

Today marks the first anniversary of the terrorist attack in Madrid, and has been established as the first European Day for the Victims of Terrorism.

15

The 7th European Consumer Day is organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), and focuses on sustainable consumption and the need to accept sustainable products and services.

22-23

A European Council is held in Brussels, Belgium.

April

5

15th GCC - EU Joint Council and ministerial meeting is held in Manama, Bahrain.

11

Rem Koolhaas receives the European Union Prize for Contemporary architecture/Mies van der Rohe Award 2005.

13

The European Parliament gives its approval for the entry of Romania and Bulgaria into the EU. Actual accessions are scheduled to take place in 2007.

May

2

14th EU-Japan summit held in Luxembourg.

9

60th anniversary of the ending of the Second World War in Europe.

10

15th EU-Russia summit held in Moscow, Russia.

26

The 2nd meeting of the Association Council between the European Union and Chile is held in Luxembourg.

29

The people of France choose to say no to the ratification of the Constitutional Treaty.

June

1

The people of the Netherlands choose to say no to the ratification of the Constitutional Treaty.

6

The ACP-Group of 79 states of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific celebrates its 30th anniversary today.

13

EU-Ukraine Cooperation Council meeting is held in Luxembourg.

14

The eleventh meeting of the Association Council between the European Union and Romania is held in Luxembourg.

16-17

A European Council is held in Brussels, Belgium.

19

An EU-Canada summit is held in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada.

22

An Iraq International Conference, co-hosted by the European Union and the United States, is held in Brussels.

July

10

Luxembourg voters vote 'Yes' to ratification of the European Constitutional Treaty.

11

10th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre.

18

Second meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Council between the EU and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia takes place in Brussels.

19

The 7th Kazakhstan – EU Joint Cooperation Council Meeting is held in Brussels.

August

9

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People.

September

5

8th EU-China summit is held in Beijing, China.

7

6th EU-India summit is held in New Delhi, India.

21

EU - Iraq joint declaration on political dialogue is signed in New York.

26

European Day of Languages.

October

3

European Union accession negotiations open with Turkey and Croatia. The EU - Russia Permanent Partnership Council (PPC) on Energy holds its first ever meeting in London.

4

16th EU-Russia summit is held in London.

26

The Cuban opposition movement "Damas de Blanco", the Nigerian human rights lawyer Hauwa Ibrahim and the international organisation "Reporters without Borders" are this year's joint winners of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

November

7

Anne-Marie Sigmund, EESC President, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, sign a new cooperation protocol between the two institutions. The 6th EU - South Africa Joint Cooperation Council Meeting is held in Brussels.

9

16th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

27-28

A Euromed summit is held in Barcelona, and marks the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Barcelona Declaration in November 1995.

December

1

An EU-Ukraine summit is held in Kiev.

12

The 7th EU - Kyrgyz Republic Cooperation Council meeting is held in Brussels.

15-16

A European Council is held in Brussels, Belgium.

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