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Document 11997E133

Treaty establishing the European Community (Amsterdam consolidated version)
Part Three: Community policies
Title IX: Common commercial policy
Article 133
Article 113 - EC Treaty (Maastricht consolidated version)
Article 113 - EEC Treaty

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11997E133

Treaty establishing the European Community (Amsterdam consolidated version) - Part Three: Community policies - Title IX: Common commercial policy - Article 133 - Article 113 - EC Treaty (Maastricht consolidated version) - Article 113 - EEC Treaty

Official Journal C 340 , 10/11/1997 P. 0237 - Consolidated version
Official Journal C 224 , 31/08/1992 P. 0044 - Consolidated version
(EEC Treaty - no official publication available)


Treaty establishing the European Community (Amsterdam consolidated version)

Article 133

1. The common commercial policy shall be based on uniform principles, particularly in regard to changes in tariff rates, the conclusion of tariff and trade agreements, the achievement of uniformity in measures of liberalisation, export policy and measures to protect trade such as those to be taken in the event of dumping or subsidies.

2. The Commission shall submit proposals to the Council for implementing the common commercial policy.

3. Where agreements with one or more States or international organisations need to be negotiated, the Commission shall make recommendations to the Council, which shall authorise the Commission to open the necessary negotiations.

The Commission shall conduct these negotiations in consultation with a special committee appointed by the Council to assist the Commission in this task and within the framework of such directives as the Council may issue to it.

The relevant provisions of Article 300 shall apply.

4. In exercising the powers conferred upon it by this Article, the Council shall act by a qualified majority.

5. The Council, acting unanimously on a proposal from the Commission and after consulting the European Parliament, may extend the application of paragraphs 1 to 4 to international negotiations and agreements on services and intellectual property insofar as they are not covered by these paragraphs.

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