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On 15 April 2019, the EU Council of Ministers agreed to resume negotiations on EU-US trade. Only France voted against and Belgium abstained from voting. According to POLITICO, the “agreement in principle”[1] was already reached on 9 April 20019 by the EU ambassadors.

The EU Council approved mandates for the EU Commission to open negotiations with the US on two agreements: the elimination of tariffs for industrial goods only (excluding agricultural products) and conformity assessment (i.e. testing, inspection and certification) of new goods[2].




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[1] Von der Burchard, H. “EU ambassadors agree to launch trade talks with United States”. POLITICO Europe. 11 April 2019, available at < >

[2] Council of the EU. “Trade with the United States: Council authorises negotiations on elimination of tariffs for industrial goods and on conformity assessment”. 15 April 2019, available at < >