A trade policy with a conscience
The Lisbon Treaty gives the European Parliament (EP) a decisive role in defining the EU's trade policy, effectively acting as its democratic conscience. European trade legislation and international trade agreements can only be implemented with the agreement of the EP.
This committee is responsible for matters relating to the Union's common commercial policy and its external economic relations. It approves trade agreements along with measures relating to technical harmonisation or standardisation in fields covered by instruments of international law.
Committed to free and fair trade
The EPP Group believes free trade and globalisation have significantly improved living standards and reduced poverty in the EU and around the world. We are committed to free and fair trade and want to open markets while maintaining an equal playing field. We also want trade to be based on the rule of law, to spread fundamental principles of democracy and human rights as well as eradicate poverty in the world.
We want transparency and openness at all stages of trade negotiations, but we defend confidentiality where necessary to reach the best negotiating results. We will always ensure our public utilities and services are protected in all agreements. We will also ensure the right to protect, promote and fund culture and cultural diversity, as well as media freedom and diversity, so we can continue to serve the democratic, social and cultural needs of our societies.