1A - EC Treaty, incorporating amendments introduced by the Treaty of Amsterdam, the TEU and the SEA (extracts; superseded by the entry into force of the Treaty of Nice on 1 February 2003)  pp. 27-37

EC Treaty, incorporating amendments introduced by the Treaty of Amsterdam, the TEU and the SEA (<i>extracts</i>; superseded by the entry into force of the Treaty of Nice on 1 February 2003)

By Philippe Sands and Paolo Galizzi

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Part one

Principles

Article 1 (ex Article 1)

By this Treaty, the High Contracting Parties establish among themselves a European Community.

Article 2 (ex Article 2)

The Community shall have as its task, by establishing a common market and an economic and monetary union and by implementing common policies or activities referred to in Articles 3 and 4, to promote throughout the Community a harmonious, balanced and sustainable development of economic activities, a high level of employment and of social protection, equality between men and women, sustainable and non-inflationary growth, a high degree of competitiveness and convergence of economic performance, a high level of protection and improvement of the quality of the environment, the raising of the standard of living and quality of life, and economic and social cohesion and solidarity among Member States.

Article 3 (ex Article 3)

1. For the purposes set out in Article 2, the activities of the Community shall include, as provided in this Treaty and in accordance with the timetable set out therein:

  • (a) the prohibition, as between Member States, of customs duties and quantitative restrictions on the import and export of goods, and of all other measures having equivalent effect;
  • (b) a common commercial policy;
  • (c) an internal market characterised by the abolition, as between Member States, of obstacles to the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital;
  • (d) measures concerning the entry and movement of persons as provided for in Title IV;