This document contains the following information: Prospects for the EU in 2005 and the retrospective of the UK’s Presidency of the EU, 1 July to 31 December 2005.
This White Paper is in two parts. The first part gives a summary of EU business over the second half of 2005, during which the UK held the presidency of the EU. Achievements of this period included: opening of accession negotiations with Turkey and Croatia; a budget agreement for 2007-2013; reform of the sugar regime, and agreement on the EU’s new chemicals regulation; and improvement in the quantity and quality of development aid. The second part covers all of 2006, and looks forward to the work to be pursued under the Austrian and Finnish presidencies. Key areas here include the future of Europe, especially the constitutional treaty; economic reform; a sustainable development strategy; energy issues; counter-terrorism; common foreign and security policy and the European security and defence policy.
This Command Paper was laid before Parliament by a Government Minister by Command of Her Majesty. Command Papers are considered by the Government to be of interest to Parliament but are not required to be presented by legislation.