Public consultation on Postal Services
The purpose of Community postal policy in the postal sector is to complete the internal market for postal services and to ensure that reliable and good-quality postal services are available to all EU citizens at affordable prices.
Reform at EU level started in 1997 with the Postal Directive (97/67/EC). This Directive defined, among other things, the minimum characteristics of the universal postal service to be guaranteed by each EU Member State. In 2002, the Directive was amended by Directive 2002/39/EC which defined the intermediate steps in a process of gradual and controlled market opening, and progressively limits the scope of services that may remain a monopoly. Under the Directive, 2009 is the target for the full accomplishment of the postal internal market and thus full market opening.

The closing date for this consultation is 27 January 2006.

Proposed Planning Best Value Performance Standards for 2006-07
The Government proposes to set further planning best value performance standards in 2006-07 under section 4 of the Local Government Act 1999. The standards will apply to poorly performing local planning authorities subject to the development control targets. This consultation sets out proposals on the method used for the selection of proposed standards authorities and the authorities to which they will apply.

The closing date for this consultation is 23 December 2005.

i2010 Digital Libraries
Digital Libraries are organised collections of digital content made available to the public.  They can consist of digital copies of books or be based on information produced in digital form. The "i2010: Digital Libraries" initiative aims at making European information resources easier and more interesting to use in an on-line environment.
The European Commission adopted on 30/09/2005 the "i2010: Digital Libraries" communication outlining the vision of this initiative and addressing in particular the issues of digitisation, on line accessibility and digital preservation of our cultural heritage.  The communication is supported by a Staff Working Document which provides further background information.
All interested individuals and organisations are encouraged to provide their views on several key issues and problems for realising the digital libraries initiative.

The closing date for this consultation is 20 January 2006.

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