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Directorate General for Trade (TRADE)

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This Directorate-General is to advance the removal of trade barriers, to encourage the harmonious development of world trade and to lower custom barriers. The Directorate General has to implement the common trade policy of the EU towards non-member states.

This DG has the following tasks:

  • protecting the trade interests of the EU
  • negotiate with other involved parties
  • encouraging and ensuring the compliance of international agreements
  • monitoring and development of policies regarding international trade and investment
  • exchanging information with other involved parties in the field of international trade


Legislative proposals in negotiation

There are 201 proposals for legislative or other legal instruments of this Directorate-General in negotiations with the Council and the European Parliament.
Date Title
24.03.2017  EU position on the modification of the frequency of WTO Trade Policy Reviews per Annex 3 of the WTO Agreement and the rules of procedure of the Trade Policy Review Body.
Decision com(2017)137
07.02.2017  ANNUAL REVIEW BY THE COMMISSION of Member States' Annual Activity Reports on Export Credits in the sense of Regulation (EU) No 1233/2011.
09.12.2016  Report on the application of Regulation 2016/793 to avoid trade diversion into the EU of certain key medicines.
Report com(2016)785
08.12.2016  EU position in the Working Party to the OECD Arrangement on Officially Supported Export Credits with regard to Market Benchmark Pricing Rules.
Decision com(2016)779
18.11.2016  Annual Report on negotiations undertaken by the Commission in the field of export credits, in the sense of Regulation (EU) No 1233/2011.
Report com(2016)718


Legislation currently being implemented

There are 423 laws or other legal instruments of the Council and the European Parliament, previously proposed by this Directorate-General, which are currently being implemented by the member states.
Date Title
31.10.2016  EU position in the Association Committee with Ukraine on regulatory approximation in the area of public procurement.
Decision com(2016)703
13.10.2016  EU position in relation to the adoption of the Rules of Procedure of four Sub-Committees established by the Association Agreement with Ukraine.
Decision com(2016)656
10.10.2016  EU position within the Association Committee in Trade configuration established by the Association Agreement with Moldova.
Decision com(2016)649
03.10.2016  Signing of the Agreement with Brazil relating to the modification of concessions in the schedule of Croatia in the course of its accession to the EU.
Decision com(2016)629
22.09.2016  EU position in the World Trade Organization on the US' request for a WTO waiver to permit the US to provide preferential treatment to eligible products from Nepal.
Decision com(2016)614


Legislation in force

There are at least 206 laws or other legal instruments in force that have been previously proposed by this Directorate-General.
Date Title
11.07.2016  EU position in the Association Committee in Trade configuration established by the Association Agreement with Moldova.
Decision com(2016)453
05.07.2016  Signing of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Canada (CETA).
Decision com(2016)444
11.02.2016  Signing and provisional application of the Economic Partnership Agreement with the East African Community Partner States.
Decision com(2016)63
26.05.2015  Amendment to implementation of the bilateral safeguard clause and the stabilisation mechanism for bananas of the Trade Agreement with Colombia, Peru and Central America.
Regulation com(2015)220
06.02.2015  Conclusion of the Protocol Amending the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization.
Decision com(2015)50