From this site we learn:
Accessing markets outside the EU is crucial for jobs and growth within the EU;
The EU works to keep markets open and to keep trade flowing;
An open and fair international trading system is one of the foundations of Europe’s competitiveness;
The EU stands to gain from the further opening of markets worldwide;
When tariff or non-tariff barriers block the flow of primary goods into Europe or the access of European companies to markets outside Europe, Europe’s competitiveness suffers;
The EU aims to reduce the barriers to the flow of goods and services in the EU’s export markets. The market access strategy designed to target and remove individual barriers in key export markets. This involves negotiating the removal of tariff barriers and non-tariff barriers;
The EU regularly monitors and reports on Protectionism around the world in the context of the anti-crisis G20 commitment not to resort to trade restrictions.