EU ready to start trade negotiations with US

EU ready to start trade negotiations with US- News – NHK WORLD – English

European Union officials say they’re ready to begin talks on a trade agreement with their US counterparts.

The EU and the US agreed last July to work toward abolishing tariffs on industrial goods excluding automobiles. The deal came after the Trump administration slapped high tariffs on imported steel products.

Earlier this year, Washington insisted on including farm products. This left France, which has a large agricultural sector, cautious toward starting talks with the US.

But on Monday, EU countries approved their terms for the negotiations by majority vote. The bloc aims to conclude a deal by October, but agriculture will not be part of the negotiations.

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