2006 in the European Union


2006 in the European Union

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Events from the year 2006 in the European Union.

Incumbents

*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

Events

* 1 January: Austria takes the Presidency.
* 2 February: The Commission launches a white paper on 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: .eu domain opens to the public.
* 4 May: The Commission adopts a green paper on the "European Transparency Initiative".
* 3 June: Montenegro declares independence, leads to separate relations and accession negotiations.
* 21 June: Barroso attends EU-US summit in Vienna.
* 1 July: Finland takes the Presidency.
* 12 July: Kroes gives Microsoft a 280.5 million euro fine 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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