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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
- Commercial Defence
- Community statistics
EXTERNAL TRADE AND GLOBALISATION
- The Multilateral Trade Framework of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
- Scheme of preferences from 2006 to 2015 - Guidelines
- A scheme of generalised tariff preferences 2009-2011
- Generalised System of Preferences 2006 - 2008Archives
- Scheme of generalised tariff preferences from 2002 to 2005Archives
- Aid for Trade in developing countries
- Towards an EU Aid for Trade strategy
- Assisting developing countries to benefit from trade
- Fair Trade and non-governmental trade-related sustainability assurance schemes
- Fair tradeArchives
- Agricultural commodities, dependence and poverty
- The International Coffee Agreement 2007
- Global partnership for sustainable development
- Integration of the environmental dimension in developing countriesArchives
- Promoting corporate social responsibility