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Acting within the larger context of the Greek Presidency’s goal setting, the specific priorities in the fields of external trade and common commercial policy could not but serve and promote the general priorities. In particular:
The priority “Development - Employment – Cohesion”, given that the external trade of the EU with third countries constitutes a driving force for economic growth, competitiveness and job creation. In other words, it is one of the best antidotes to the recession plaguing large areas of EU. Trade liberalization is an essential tool for achieving the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. All the enhanced trade agreements promoted by the Greek Presidency, with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) as a flagship, create a positive climate for optimism, stability and employment prospects.
The priority “Maritime Policies of the EU”, having as a goal the improvement the regulatory environment and the provision of cost-efficient and effective maritime transport services between the EU and third countries.