It happened almost every year end (against the $)
You can easily see this at the end of 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and now it's still going on. Please note the maximum, on 28 Dec.
The € becomes stronger at year end and weaker in summer.
Do you have idea of the reasons?
[Edited 2006-12-03 10:34:52]