The legal basis for the conclusion of association agreements is Article 217 TFEU (formerly Articles 310 and 238 TEC). An excellent document recently prepared by Véronique Guèvremont and Ivana Otasevic for UNESCO describes in detail the main objectives and scope of the EU`s recent trade agreements on culture (DCE/16/10.IGC/INF.3, available here: en.unesco.org/creativity/sites/creativity/files/sessions/10igc_inf3_etude_articles_16_et_21_en.pdf). 72Duty-free Access provides an additional advantage over its competitors, which corresponds to the most-favoured-nation tariff for a given item. Admittedly, the EU has an extensive network of preferential agreements with many of its trading partners. As a result, a number of privileged partners in EU markets compete on the same basis as products originating in the CEECs. .