- 2006 in the European Union
in?=in the European Union
Events from the year
2006in the European Union.
*Commission President -
José Manuel Barroso, People's Party
*Council Presidency -
Austria(Jan-Jun) and Finland(July-Dec)
*Parliament President -
Josep Borrell, Socialists
*High Representative -
Javier Solana, Socialists
1 January: Austriatakes the Presidency.
2 February: The Commission launches a white paperon communication policy.
16 February: The Commission's ' Bolkestein Directive' is approved at its first reading by the MEPs admit large protests outside the Parliament.
7 April: .eudomain opens to the public.
4 May: The Commission adopts a green paperon the "European Transparency Initiative".
3 June: Montenegrodeclares independence, leads to separate relations and accession negotiations.
21 June: Barroso attends EU-US summit in Vienna.
1 July: Finlandtakes the Presidency.
12 July: Kroes gives Microsofta 280.5 million eurofine for its anti-competitive behaviour.
24 July: The Council adopts a common position on the Bolkestein Directive
15 November: European Parliament adopts the Bolkestein Directive at its second reading.
12 December: Parliament approves the Bulgarian and Romanian Commissioners despite concerns over the weakness of the Multilingualism portfolio.
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