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Accessing markets

The European Union wants to make sure that accessing foreign markets is easier for everyone.

The Access2Markets portal helps firms to trade beyond the EU’s borders. Take a guided tour of Access2Markets.

Fight against protectionism

The Market Access Strategy is part of the EU's efforts to create the best possible conditions for European firms to export around the world and to make sure international trade rules are enforced.

WATCH: Italian SME Framesi benefitted from the EU's market access policy.


Trade and investment barriers

Published in June 2020, and prefaced by Commissioner Phil Hogan’s foreword (other languages), the Trade and Investment Barriers Report (2019) (other languages) analyses trade and investment barriers reported by businesses and Member States to the European Commission through the Market Access Partnership.

What are the main takeaways of the report?

Read this year's featured story on how our work removing trade barriers helps EU citizens and companies, especially SMEs.

The EU main market access policies

Goods and services in the EU's export markets

The EU's market access strategy, removing of tariff barriers and non-tariff barriers such as technical barriers to trade and sanitary and phytosanitary measures.

Public procurement

Public procurement rules in EU trade deals, revision of global trade rules.

EU intellectual property protection & enforcement in non-EU countries

Intellectual property rights in world trade, patents, access to medicines, enforcement, geographical indications (GIs).

Rules on investment

The EU's investment policy, statistics, info on the new investment court system, EU membership of international investment groups.

Defending the EU market against unfair trade

Includes trade defence against unfair subsidies and dumping.

Taking action during international trade disputes

Bilateral dispute settlement rules, WTO-specific dispute settlement procedures, investment dispute rules.