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The Summer summit of the European Council, bringing together EU heads of government, was held on 15-16 June under the Austrian Presidency of the Council.

The main issues agreed are as follows:

- Eurozone enlargement: Slovenia can join the eurozone on 1 January 2007.

- EU Enlargement: the capacity of the EU to absorption new members will not be used in judging on whether individual accession states can be admitted, but the Council has agreed that the European Commission should produce a report defining what the EU's absorption capacity is.

- The future of the European Constitution: A summit will be held in Germany in Spring 2007 with the aim of carrying out institutional reforms by the end of 2008, but the future of the European Constitution will be further discussed.

In addition, agreement was reached on the following:

- additional measures to tackle illegal immigration and cross-border crime are to be introduced.

- an energy strategy guaranteeing secure supplies of oil and gas is to be developed.

- meetings of the Council of the European Union are to be held in public when EU legislation is under discussion.

- emergency aid to the Palestinians, bypassing the Hamas-led government, will go ahead.

The full conclusions can be seen at: Summer 2006 European Council conclusions
15 June 2006

 Last updated: 16/06/2006 15:15:00

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