The European Union is the world’s largest trading block. The EU is committed to ensuring that the European economy is open to the world and competitive on the world stage. A strong multilateral trading system is the most effective means of managing trade and securing prosperity, solidarity and security in Europe and around the globe.
The EU works to shape a trade environment that is good for people and for business. The European Union is committed to pursuing a trade policy that not only boosts economic growth and creates jobs in Europe, but which actively helps people around the world trade their way out of poverty – the EU is a strong supporter of the Doha Round of world trade negotiations.
Europe has opened its markets fully to all imports from the world's poorest countries and it works actively to help developing countries build the capacity to take advantage of trade. These goals are achieved through negotiating bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, ensuring that the rules agreed to by partners are actually applied and working with other international institutions. The Commission’s Directorate General for Trade oversees the EU's trade policy.