Directorate General for Trade (TRADE)

This Directorate-General is to advance the removal of trade barriers, to encourage the harmonious development of world trade and to lower custom barriers. The Directorate General has to implement the common trade policy of the EU towards non-member states.

This DG has the following tasks:

  • protecting the trade interests of the EU
  • negotiate with other involved parties
  • encouraging and ensuring the compliance of international agreements
  • monitoring and development of policies regarding international trade and investment
  • exchanging information with other involved parties in the field of international trade


Legislative proposals in negotiation

There are 316 proposals for legislative or other legal instruments of this Directorate-General in negotiations with the Council and the European Parliament.
Date Title
18.02.2021  Trade Policy Review - An Open, Sustainable and Assertive Trade Policy.
Communication com(2021)66
04.02.2021  Implementation of Regulation (EC) No 428/2009 setting up a Community regime for the control of exports, transfer, brokering and transit of dual-use items.
17.12.2020  EU position regarding the Sector Understanding on Export Credits for Civil Aircraft.
Decision com(2020)847
12.11.2020  Implementation of EU Trade Agreements 1 January 2019 - 31 December 2019.
Report com(2020)705
24.09.2020  Amendment of Directives 2006/43/EC, 2009/65/EC, 2009/138/EU, 2011/61/EU, EU/2013/36, 2014/65/EU, (EU) 2015/2366 and EU/2016/2341.
Directive com(2020)596


Legislation currently being implemented

There are 428 laws or other legal instruments of the Council and the European Parliament, previously proposed by this Directorate-General, which are currently being implemented by the member states.
Date Title
27.01.2021  EU position in the Trade Committee regarding amendment of Appendix 1 of Annex XII (Government Procurement) to Trade Agreement with Colombia, Peru & Ecuador, of the ...
Decision com(2021)27
04.11.2020  Amendment of Council Regulation (EC) No 428/2009 by granting a Union General Export Authorisation for the export of certain dual-use items from the Union to the United ...
Regulation com(2020)692
28.10.2020  Position in Committee established under Agreement with Japan for an Economic Partnership regarding the amendment of Appendices 2-C-1 and 2 to Annex 2-C Motor Vehicles ...
Decision com(2020)678
05.10.2020  EU position in the Joint Council with the SADC EPA States as regards the adjustment of certain reference quantities contained in Annex IV.
Decision com(2020)633
24.09.2020  EU position in the Partnership Committee with Armenia as regards the amendment of the list of individuals to serve as arbitrators in dispute-settlement proceedings.
Decision com(2020)584


Legislation in force

There are at least 185 laws or other legal instruments in force that have been previously proposed by this Directorate-General.
Date Title
11.10.2019  EU position in the CETA Committee on Services and Investment as regards the adoption of a code of conduct for Members of the Tribunal, the Appellate Tribunal and ...
Decision com(2019)459
11.10.2019  EU position in the CETA Joint Committee as regards a decision setting out the administrative and organisational matters regarding the functioning of the Appellate ...
Decision com(2019)457
11.10.2019  EU position in the CETA Joint Committee as regards a decision on the procedure for the adoption of interpretations in accordance with Articles 8.31.3 and 8.44.3(a) of ...
Decision com(2019)458
11.10.2019  EU position in the CETA Committee on Services and Investment as regards the adoption of rules for mediation for use by disputing parties in investment disputes.
Decision com(2019)460
05.07.2016  Signing of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Canada (CETA).
Decision com(2016)444