External trade

External trade

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about External trade

Topics

These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

External trade

External trade

The common commercial policy is a pillar for the external relations of the European Union. It is based on a set of uniform rules under the Customs Union and the Common Customs Tariff and governs the commercial relations of the Member States with Non-EU Member Countries. The purpose of the instruments of trade defence and market access is mainly to protect European businesses from obstacles to trade. The EU has evolved during the process of globalisation by aiming for the harmonious development of world trade and fostering fairness and sustainability. It actively encourages the opening of the markets and the development of trade in the multilateral framework of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). At the same time, it supports developing countries and regions through bilateral relations with a view to involving them in world trade using preferential measures.

STRATEGY FOR A COMPETITIVE EUROPE

COMMON TRADE POLICY REGIME

Exports

  • Common rules for exports
  • Dual-use items
  • Export credit insurance
  • Export of cultural goods
  • Ban on trade in instruments of torture

Imports

  • Common rules for imports
  • Common rules for imports from certain Non-EU Member Countries
  • EU procedure for administering quantitative quotas
  • Trade in seal products

Commercial Defence

Community statistics

  • External trade: statistics relating to non-member countries

EXTERNAL TRADE AND GLOBALISATION

The Multilateral Trade Framework of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)

  • Adoption of the WTO agreements
  • Aspects relating to trade in goods
  • Aspects relating to trade in services
  • Aspects of intellectual property rights

Development

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