The interests of developing countries have inspired both the overall structure of the agreement and certain articles. In particular, the objective of facilitating the increasing participation of developing countries in trade in services has been enshrined in the preamble to the agreement and is based on the provisions of Article IV. In particular, this article obliges Members to negotiate specific commitments to strengthen the national service capacity of developing countries; Improving developing countries` access to distribution channels and information networks; and liberalizing market access in the areas of interest to these countries. After the Maastricht Treaty came into force in 1993, the ECE was renamed the European Community (EC) to reflect the fact that it covered a wider range of policies. It was also when the three European Communities, including the EC, together formed the first of the three pillars of the European Union (EU) that the Treaty also established. The EC existed in this form until it was abolished by the 2009 Lisbon Treaty, which merged the old EU pillars and provided that the EU would “replace and succeed the European Community”. The main objective of the EEC was to “preserve peace and freedom and lay the foundations for an ever closer union between the peoples of Europe,” as its preamble states. The demand for balanced economic growth should be achieved by making the creation of a single European currency an official objective of the European Economic Community in 1969. But it was only with the entry into force of the Maastricht Treaty in 1993 that Member States had a legal obligation to create monetary union. In 1999, the euro was adopted by 11 of the 15 EU Member States. There was still an accounting currency until 1 January 2002, when euro notes and coins were issued and national currencies of the euro area, which at that time consisted of twelve Member States.
The euro area (composed of the EU Member States that adopted the euro) has since become 17 countries, the last of which is Estonia, which joined on 1 January 2011. All other EU Member States, with the exception of Denmark and the United Kingdom, are legally required to join the euro if convergence criteria are met, but few countries have set accession dates. Sweden has circumvented the obligation to join the euro by failing to meet the accession criteria. However, their main achievement was the adoption of Part IV of the GATT, which freed them from the corresponding reciprocity with developed countries in trade negotiations. In the view of many developing countries, this was a direct consequence of UNCTAD I`s request for a better trade agreement for them. The working hypothesis for collective bargaining was a linear reduction of 50% in tariffs, with the smallest number of exceptions. A long-term argument has developed about the trade effects of a uniform linear reduction on the dispersed rates (low tariffs and high rates quite far away) of the United States compared to the much more concentrated rates of the EEC, which also tended to be under the ownership of U.S. tariffs.
However, this part of the result was not authorized by Congress and the U.S. selling price was not abolished until Congress passed the results of the Tokyo Round. The results in agriculture as a whole have been poor. The most notable achievement was the agreement on a Memorandum of Understanding on the basic elements for the arrangement of global subsidies, which was eventually incorporated into a new international agreement on cereals.