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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” 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.
 Von der Burchard, H. “EU ambassadors agree to launch trade talks with United States”. POLITICO Europe. 11 April 2019, available at <https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-ambassadors-agree-to-launch-trade-talks-with-united-states/ >
 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 <https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2019/04/15/trade-with-the-united-states-council-authorises-negotiations-on-elimination-of-tariffs-for-industrial-goods-and-on-conformity-assessment/?utm_source=dsms-auto&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Trade+with+the+United+States%3a+Council+authorises+negotiations+on+elimination+of+tariffs+for+industrial+goods+and+on+conformity+assessment >