The EU still fears US taxes on car imports

After the surprise of the commercial armistice signed this summer by the President of the Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in Washington, the outlines of a possible negotiation are not clear.

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and US President Donald Trump on July 25 at the White House in Washington during the signing of the commercial armistice.

The commercial agreement announced with a fanfare on July 25 between Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Trump is struggling to materialize. And this is what worries Europeans: they fear, especially the Germans, that in the absence of progress the US president has reiterated the threat of a tax on US imports of European cars.

Gathered in Brussels Friday, November 9, the twenty-eight trade ministers reported the ongoing discussions with Washington, and they could only see how they are treading on water. After the surprise of the commercial armistice signed by the President of the Commission in Washington, the outlines of a possible negotiation are not clear.

For the moment, Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade, is mainly discussing the possible regulatory cooperation with Washington. the Americans " he asked us to examine the question of regulation. And we worked on it »said the Swede, who is scheduled to meet US trade representative Robert Lighthizer on November 14 in Washington.

Exclusion of discussions on agriculture

This regulatory cooperation could concern "The pharmaceutical sector, medical devices or computer security". Rather than a future alignment of some regulations, Brussels is working on the mutual recognition of certificates of conformity. Automated vehicles and 3D printers could also be affected. Mmyself Malmström said he was looking for areas of cooperation "Where it is possible to imagine short-term successes".

But no matter of touching the field – very sensitive – of health or diet. In any case, there will be no discussions on the European side "To risk lowering [les] food protection rules "

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