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2006

January

1

Austria takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Today marks the 25th anniversary of Greek accession, and the 20th anniversary of Portuguese and Spanish accessions to the European Communities.

31

The eleventh meeting of the Association Council between the European Union and Bulgaria is held in Brussels.

February

1

The European Commission launches a White Paper on debating Europe - involving citizens as the foundation of a European Union communication policy.

16

Michel Delebarre, Mayor of Dunkirk (Nord-Pas-de-Calais region) and MP, is elected president of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) at the CoR's inaugural plenary session in Brussels.
The European Parliament adopts, by a large majority, a first-reading report on legislation opening up the EU single market for services. The services directive, also known as the Bolkestein directive, is a major issue for the European Union.

20

The European Year of Workers' Mobility is launched by European Commission president José Manuel Barroso, commissioner Vladimír Špidla and Austrian minister for Economics and Labour, Martin Bartenstein, in Brussels.

March

10

The EU and Russia sign a joint document to enhance bilateral cooperation in space activities.

11

2nd European Day for the Victims of Terrorism.

15

The 8th European Consumer Day, organised by the Austrian presidency in collaboration with the European Economic and Social Committee, takes place in Vienna.

20

The twelfth meeting of the Association Council between the European Union and Romania is held in Brussels.

23-24

A European Council is held in Brussels, Belgium.

April

07

The “.eu” top-level domain opens for all residents within the European Union – citizens, associations, clubs, etc. – providing new internet space and promoting an EU internet identity.

10

Second meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Council between the EU and Croatia takes place in Luxembourg.

11

The 8th EU-Moldova Cooperation Council meeting is held in Luxembourg. The first meeting of the Association Council between the European Union and Lebanon is held in Luxembourg.

12

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the International Court of Justice.

May

4

A Green Paper on the European transparency initiative is adopted by the Commission, launching a debate on lobbying and on the introduction of legal obligations for Member States to publish the information about the beneficiaries of funds under shared management, as well as on the Commission’s consultation practices.

23

Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the death of Altiero Spinelli, a great advocate of a European Constitution, and after who was named one of the European Parliament buildings in Brussels.

25

17th EU-Russia summit is held in Sotchi, Russia.

June

1

The Council and Parliament designate 2007 as 'European Year of Equal Opportunities for All'.

16-17

A European Council is held in Brussels, Belgium.

19

11th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly opens in Vienna, and brings together MEPs and parliamentarians from 79 ACP (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) countries.

21

Commission president José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Council and Austrian chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel and US president George W. Bush meet at the EU-US summit in Vienna to discuss foreign policy co-operation, energy security, economy, trade and other global challenges.

July

1

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

10

Josep Borrell is in China from the 8-14 July, the first visit by a president of the European Parliament for 13 years.

11

The Council adopted a decision allowing Slovenia to join the euro area as from 1 January 2007.

17

The 8th EU - Kazakhstan Joint Cooperation Council Meeting is held in Brussels.

18

The 8th EU - Kyrgyz Republic Cooperation Council meeting is held in Brussels. An International Conference on Darfur, co-hosted by the European Union, the United Nations and the African Union, is held in Brussels.

August

10

Arab and European Parliamentarians agree a joint declaration on the growing crisis in Lebanon.

30

Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism demands an EU-wide blacklist of air carriers which do not meet international aircraft safety standards.

September

5

The European Parliament adopts a first-reading report on Daphne III, the successful EU programme seeking to combat and prevent violence against children, young people and women.

9

An EU-Republic of Korea summit is held in Helsinki, Finland. The 9th EU-China summit is held in Helsinki, Finland.

13

The president of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, visits the European Parliament, meeting with the leaders of its political groups and EP president Josep Borrell.

14

EU-Ukraine Cooperation Council meeting is held in Brussels.

October

5

Mr. Pierre Morel is appointed as the new European Union Special Representative for Central Asia.

13

The 7th EU-India summit is held in New Delhi, India.

16

The Council adopts a decision authorising the Presidency to sign an interim agreement on the processing and transfer of passenger name record (PNR) data by air carriers to the US Administration.

26

Alexander Milinkevich, leader of the opposition in Belarus, is announced as this year's winner of the Sakharov Prize.

27

The 10th EU-Ukraine summit is held in Helsinki.

November

8

7th EU-Uzbekistan Cooperation Council is held in Brussels. Inaugural Meeting of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EUROLAT).

14

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

24

18th EU-Russia summit is held in Helsinki.

December

5

The Finnish Parliament ratifies the Constitutional Treaty, this brings the number of Member States which have ratified it to sixteen.

8

2nd meeting of the EU-Russia Permanent Partnership Council (PPC) on Energy takes place in Moscow.

12

MEPs approve the Bulgarian and Romanian Commissioners-designate. The leader of the Belarusian opposition, Aliaksandr Milinkevich, receives the 2006 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought from European Parliament president Josep Borrell.

14-15

A European Council is held in Brussels, Belgium.

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