International Trade

A trade policy with a conscience

The Lisbon Treaty gives the European Parliament (EP) exclusive competence in shaping the EU's trade policy, effectively acting as its democratic conscience. European trade legislation and international trade agreements can only be implemented with the EP's approval.

This committee is responsible for matters relating to the Union's common commercial policy and its external economic relations and significantly contributing to the open strategic autonomy of the EU. In recent years, we have successfully emphasized a better level playing field with international competitors. We empowered the EU to become a global leader by the introduction of new Trade defense instruments as a last resort in case of unfair competition - and the new Anti-Coercion Instrument regulation that allows for countermeasures against economic bullies.

Committed to free and fair trade

The EPP Group believes trade and globalization have 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 and 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 ensure our public utilities and services are protected in all agreements. We also ensure the right to protect, promote and fund cultural and cultural diversity and media freedom and diversity. Environmental protection and labour rights must be promoted globally. Thus, we support concluding new trade agreements where these conditions can be fulfilled.

A virtual map appears above the hands of a man holding a smartphone

Recent activities

Other related content