Common commercial policy

Piet Eeckhout

in EU External Relations Law

Second edition

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199606634
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729560 | DOI:

Series: Oxford European Union Law Library

Common commercial policy

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The common commercial policy is clearly the EU's most developed external policy. It was part of the essential arrangement of the European Economic Community, based as the Community was on a customs union, the GATT definition of which requires not only a common customs tariff on imports from third countries but also a common policy on other trade matters. This chapter surveys the main legal components of the policy, giving some insights into the legal dimension of the practical operation of external trade policy. The chapter consists of three general sections. The first examines a few essential principles of the common commercial policy. The second section provides an overview of the main legal instruments through which the policy is conducted, particularly at the internal, legislative level. The third section discusses the actors of the common commercial policy, i.e., the institutions which are involved.

Keywords: EU law; external trade policy; common commercial policy; external relations

Chapter.  13790 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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