EU Trade Law
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EU Trade Law

Rafael Leal-Arcas

This comprehensive book provides a thorough analytical overview of the European Union’s existing law and policy in the field of international trade. Considering the history and context of the law’s evolution, it offers an adept examination of its common commercial policy competence through the years, starting with the Treaty of Rome up until the Treaty of Lisbon, as a background for understanding the EU’s present role in the World Trade Organization (WTO) framework.
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Chapter 7: Negotiation of trade agreements

Rafael Leal-Arcas


In this chapter, attention shall be paid, inter alia, to the Commission’s competence in commercial policy as defined by the treaties and the CJEU. According to Articles 218(3) TFEU and 101 Euratom, international treaty negotiations with respect to matters involving an element of EU competence, should be conducted a priori by the Commission, namely the EU trade commissioner, on behalf of the EU, on the basis of a mandate agreed by the EU Council.

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