Article 78: Objectives of the Community Trade Policy
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Member States shall eliminate existing restrictions on imports and exports of goods of Community origin, other than those authorised by this Treaty.