The European Union and the WTO

This page gathers key information on the European Union’s participation in the WTO. The European Union (until 30 November 2009 known officially in the WTO as the European Communities for legal reasons) (more info) has been a WTO member since 1 January 1995. The 28 member States of the EU are also WTO members in their own right. The EU is a single customs union with a single trade policy and tariff. The European Commission — the EU’s executive arm — speaks for all EU member States at almost all WTO meetings.

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Member profiles 


Member information for EU (EC) member States

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Goods schedules and tariff data 

  • Get tariff data — includes explanations of bound and applied rates, the HS system and related jargon
  • The EC goods schedules apply to its member states but there are schedules under their own names for the countries who joined in 1995 (Austria, Finland, Sweden) and for the 10 countries who joined in May, 2004. (see list in left column).
  • See goods schedules gateway for explanations and background
  • European Communities' Uruguay Round goods schedules (zip format, 759KB)


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Services schedules and MFN exemptions

  • The EC services schedules include its member States but those who joined in 1995 (Austria, Finland, Sweden) and in May, 2004 (list in left column) also have schedules under their own names.
  • help on reading a services schedule
  • services database (opens new window)
    You can use this database to retrieve the services schedule for a Member, or to compare services commitments across Members. The database does not include data on current negotiations.
  • all commitments and exemptions on services. Provides the original official documents from the European Communities. Not consolidated (i.e. first documents may be amended/substituted by subsequent documents).


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Trade Policy Reviews of the European Union (formerly European Communities)

See the TPR gateway for explanations and background

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  • The European Communities TPR documents  > search  > help  


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Dispute cases involving the European Union (formerly European Communities)

Place your mouse over a dispute number in the table below to see the title of the dispute. Click on the dispute number to go to a page giving detailed information for that dispute.

See the dispute settlement gateway for explanations and background.



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Notifications from the European Union (formerly European Communities)

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  • Agriculture (Document code G/AG/N/EEC/*)   > search
  • Antidumping (Document code G/ADP/N/* and EEC)   > search
  • Balance of payments (Document code WT/BOP/N/*)   > search
  • Customs valuation (Document code G/VAL/N/* and EEC)   > search
  • Government procurement (Document code GPA/* and  notification)   > search
  • Import licensing (Document code G/LIC/N/* and EEC)   > search
  • Information technology products (Document code varies)   > search
  • Intellectual Property Rights (see TRIPS below)
  • Regional trade Agreements (Document code WT/REG* and N)   > search
  • Rules of origin (Document code G/RO/N/*)   > search
  • Safeguards (Document code G/SG/N/* and EEC)   > search
  • Sanitary and phytosanitary measures (Document  code G/SPS/N/EEC/*)  > search
  • Services (Document code S/C/N/*)   > search
  • State trading enterprises (Document code G/STR/N/* and EEC)   > search
  • Subsidies and countervailing measures (Document code G/SCM/N/* and EEC)   > search
  • Technical barriers to trade notifications under the TBT Agreement can be found under the TBT gateway
  • Textiles textiles notifications can be found by Article under the textiles gateway
  • Trade and development (Document code WT/COMTD/N/*)   > search
  • Trade-related investment measures (Document code G/TRIMS/N/* and EEC)   > search
  • TRIPS notifications can be found by Article under the Membersĺ transparency toolkit



Acceptance of multilateral instruments


Membership of plurilateral agreements


Membership of RTAs & PTAs



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