Treaty Establishing the European Community
as Amended by Subsequent Treaties
ROME, 25 March 1957
- The Community and the Member States shall ensure that the
conditions necessary for the competitiveness of the Community's industry
For that purpose, in accordance with a system of open and competitive
markets, their action shall be aimed at:
- speeding up the adjustment of industry to structural changes;
- encouraging an environment favourable to initiative and to the
development of undertakings throughout the Community, particularly
small and medium-sized undertakings;
- encouraging an environment favourable to cooperation between
- fostering better exploitation of the industrial potential of
policies of innovation, research and technological development.
- The Member States shall consult each other in liaison with the
Commission and, where necessary, shall coordinate their action. The
Commission may take any useful initiative to promote such coordination.
- The Community shall contribute to the achievement of the objectives
set out in paragraph 1 through the policies and activities it pursues
under other provisions of this Treaty. The Council, acting unanimously on
a proposal from the Commission, after consulting the European Parliament
and the Economic and Social Committee, may decide on specific measures in
support of action taken in the Member States to achieve the objectives
set out in paragraph 1.
This Title shall not provide a basis for the introduction by the
Community of any measure which could lead to a distortion of competition.