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Brussels will intensify contacts with the US following the decision to keep the tariffs on EU products

August 13, 2020

The European Commission has given assurances that it will “step up” diplomatic efforts with the United States over the trade conflict it is sustaining after Washington decides to maintain tariffs on EU products.

This is what Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said after the decision of the North American government became known. “The EU will intensify its efforts with the United States to find a negotiated solution to economic friction. I will continue my contacts with Representative Robert Lighthizer,” he said, pointing out that the community’s goal is to Settle dispute over civil aviation.

On Wednesday the Office of the United States’ Sales Representative (USTR) announced that it would maintain the tariffs imposed on the EU. They are 15 percent for civil aviation products and 25 percent for others, including wine or oil, for a total of $ 7.5 billion.

Brussels will intensify contacts with the US following the decision to keep the tariffs on EU productsBrussels will intensify contacts with the US following the decision to keep the tariffs on EU products

In the changes to the list, which they called “Modest Changes”, products from Greece and the United Kingdom have been removed and others from France and Germany have been added. The changes announced this Thursday will take effect on September 1, 2020.

“The EU and the member states have not taken the necessary measures to comply with the decisions of the WTO,” said US trade representative Robert Lighthizer, according to the USTR statement.

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