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Rules applicable to specific sectors
The European Union is gradually opening up the national transport, energy, telecommunications and postal markets to competition. The liberalisation of these basic services makes it possible to increase their competitiveness, improve their quality and make them more affordable for all consumers. Although the agricultural sector is subject to competition rules, it must comply with the provisions of the Community policy on agriculture and rural development and with its international obligations stemming from the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreement on agriculture.The Union ensures that the Member States carry out and implement in practice all the provisions for the liberalisation of these specific sectors.