|Wednesday, 13 December 2017|
Treaty Establishing the European Community
as Amended by Subsequent Treaties
ROME, 25 March 1957
Part Four. Association of the Overseas Countries and Territories      [136a]
Part Four. Association of the Overseas Countries and Territories
Article 131. The Member States agree to associate with the Community the non-European countries and territories which have special relations with Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. These countries and territories (hereinafter called the 'countries and territories') are listed in Annex IV to this Treaty.
The purpose of association shall be to promote the economic and social development of the countries and territories and to establish close economic relations between them and the Community as a whole.
In accordance with the principles set out in the Preamble to this Treaty, association shall serve primarily to further the interests and prosperity of the inhabitants of these countries and territories in order to lead them to the economic, social and cultural development to which they aspire.
Article 132. Association shall have the following objectives:
Article 134. If the level of the duties applicable to goods from a third country on entry into a country or territory is liable, when the provisions of Art. 133 (1) have been applied, to cause deflections of trade to the detriment of any Member State, the latter may request the Commission to propose to the other Member States the measures needed to remedy the situation.
Article 135. Subject to the provisions relating to public health, public security or public policy, freedom of movement within Member States for workers from the countries and territories, and within the countries and territories for workers from Member States, shall be governed by agreements to be concluded subsequently with the unanimous approval of Member States.
Article 136. For an initial period of five years after the entry into force of this Treaty, the details of and procedure for the association of the countries and territories with the Community shall be determined by an Implementing Convention annexed to this Treaty.
Before the Convention referred to in the preceding paragraph expires, the Council shall, acting unanimously, lay down provisions for a further period, on the basis of the experience acquired and of the principles set out in this Treaty.
Article 136a. The provisions of Arts. 130 to 136 shall apply to Greenland subject to the special provisions for Greenland set out in the Protocol on special arrangements for Greenland, annexed to this Treaty.