The EU’s external policies, strategies, instruments and missions to support stability, promote human rights and democracy, seek to spread prosperity and support the enforcement of the rule of law and good governance.
As laid down by treaty, the European Union (EU) institutions have exclusive competence over international trade matters. This covers trade in goods, trade in services, commercial aspects of intellectual property and foreign direct investment (FDI).
The EU is active in a wide range of topics, from human rights to transport and trade. A list of topics which summarise what the EU does in a specific area, useful links to relevant bodies, laws and documents.