Single market for goods: external dimension

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Single market for goods: external dimension

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Single market for goods: external dimension


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

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Single market for goods: external dimension

To function optimally, the internal market must be in synchronisation with the international context. A number of operators (financial institutions, entrepreneurs, etc.) operate beyond our frontiers. European goods are distributed all over the world. At the same time, an endless flow of foreign goods passes in transit through Europe. Contradictions may occur, however, between the principles and standards of the European market and the rules of third countries. Furthermore, the protection of copyright, patents and data must be guaranteed, whatever the destination of the product. Most of the internal market policies are international in character and the European Union ensures that they are consistent. The European Union’s tasks also include facilitating trade in goods and services by means of a clear, adapted framework, boosting trade (introduction of free trade areas with partners) and promoting common international standards. Finally, the external dimension of the single market is inextricably linked to the European enlargement policy, since all accessions are in fact subject to the adoption of the European legislation.


  • Dual-use items
  • Drug precursors: external aspects
  • Parallel imports of proprietary medicinal products
  • Export of cultural goods
  • Return of cultural objects unlawfully removed from the territory of an EU country
  • Goods infringing intellectual property rights
  • Approval of explosives intended for civilian use
  • Firearms
  • Endangered species of wild fauna and flora (CITES)
  • Ban on trade in cat and dog fur
  • Trade in seal products
  • Agreement on the European Economic Area


Ongoing enlargement

  • Croatia – Internal market
  • Turkey – Internal market
  • The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – Internal market
  • Iceland – Internal market

January 2007 enlargement

  • Bulgari
  • Romania

May 2004 enlargement

  • Cyprus
  • Estonia
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Poland
  • Czech Republic
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia

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