Article 78: Objectives of the Community Trade Policy


  1.         The goal of the Community Trade Policy shall be the sustained growth of intra- Community and international trade and mutually beneficial exchange of goods and services among the Member States and between the Community and third States.
  1.         In fulfilment of the goal set out in paragraph 1 of this Article the Community shall pursue the following objectives:

(a)        full  integration  of  the  national  markets  of  all  Member  States  of  the Community into a single unified and open market area;

(b)        the widening of the market area of the Community;

(c)        the active promotion of export of internationally competitive goods and services originating within the Community;

(d) the securing of the most favourable terms of trade for Community goods and services exported to third States and groups of States.


  1. In order to achieve the objectives of its Trade Policy, the Community shall: (a) undertake:

(i) the establishment of common instruments, common services and the joint regulation, operation and efficient administration of the internal and external commerce of the CSME;

(ii) where possible, the employment of common negotiating strategies in the development of mutually beneficial trade agreements with third States and groups of States;

(iii) participation and joint representation as appropriate in international and regional organisations which negotiate, establish and apply disciplines governing international and regional trade;

(b) prohibit the imposition by the Member States of new restrictions on imports and exports of products of Community origin.

  1.         Member States shall eliminate existing restrictions on imports and exports of goods of Community origin, other than those authorised by this Treaty.