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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 <https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-ambassadors-agree-to-launch-trade-talks-with-united-states/ >

[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 <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 >

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