In November 2005, as a tool for policy makers known as LegaCarta, it was made more accessible to a wider audience since the beginning of 2011 as a web system. Information and technical assistance on all multilateral trade agreements (as well as other legal instruments such as standard laws, commercial practices, institutional participations) include international institutions and professionals, particularly a country`s legal and business environments. The European Union has free trade agreements  and other agreements with a trade component with many countries around the world and negotiates with many other countries.  Regional trade agreements (RTAs) have multiplied over the years and are succeeding, including a significant increase in major multilateral agreements being negotiated. Non-discrimination between trading partners is one of the fundamental principles of the WTO; However, reciprocal preferential agreements between two or more partners are one of the exceptions and are allowed by the WTO subject to a number of provisions. Information on WTO-notified ATRs is available in the RTA database. The European Court of Justice has ruled that the provisions relating to arbitration between the investor state (including a special tribunal under some free trade agreements) fall within the shared jurisdiction between the European Union and its Member States and that, for this reason, their ratification should be authorised by both the EU and each of the 28 Member States.  Note: WTO statistics on ATRs are based on notification requirements and not on physical RTA numbers. For an ATR that includes both goods and services, we therefore have two notifications (one for goods and one for services), although it is physically an ATR.
The United Kingdom indicated that the provisions of the EU`s regional trade agreements would continue to apply to trade with the United Kingdom during the transitional period of the withdrawal agreement. For more information, see WT/GC/206 and the EU Note (WT/LET/1462), which informs WTO members that the UK will be treated as a member state of the European Union for relevant international agreements during the transition period. One of LegaCarta`s objectives is to encourage countries to participate in the definition of international trade rules, rather than simply receiving such rules. To this end, the attention of national legal and economic communities should be drawn to the existence and activities of important institutions that shape the rules of international trade. The LegaCarta covers a wide range of trade-related issues (contracts, customs, dispute resolution, environment, finance, good governance, intellectual property, investments, transport and telecommunications), explanations of each instrument, updated ratification tables, country analysis profiles. These rules are overseen by 28 different international organizations. The LegaCarta was designed as part of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal 8, which aims to “develop an open, rules-based, predictable and non-discriminatory trading and financial system” and includes “a commitment to good governance.” As a practical application, the LegaCarta is an instrument that helps integrate trade into development strategies and establish a national legal framework conducive to trade to combat trade and poverty.