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EU backs start of trade talks with US

EU backs start of trade talks with US

The European Union can now begin trade negotiations with the United States after its member states on Monday voted by a clear majority to approve the negotiating mandates put forward by the European Commission.

The EU currently has a tense trade relationship with Washington, with Donald Trump threatening to levy tariffs on car imports and other European products.

Green light for trade talks

  • The EU's 28 member states, which had struggled for months to agree on negotiating mandates for the trans-Atlantic trade negotiations, gave final clearance to start formal talks with Washington.
  • France, who has tried to push trade talks until after EU elections, voted against the mandate, while Belgium abstained from the vote.
  • The European Commission's negotiating mandates include cutting tariffs on industrial goods and to make it simpler for companies to show products meet EU and US standards.

dv/rt (Reuters, AFP)

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Updated : 2021-04-21 14:35 GMT+08:00