EU-US trade dispute

Europe needs a harmonised and WTO-compliant trade policy

EU should learn its lesson from the EU-US trade dispute: Discussion necessary how the EU can meet the US and China at eye level ++ Acting jointly is vital for the EU and its member states to have the right strength for that ++ In solving the trade dispute, the EU has to orient its policy with to the fundamental principles of WTO.

VCI on the EU-US trade dispute: It is vital for the EU and its Member States to act jointly and with determination in trade issues. - Photo: © Fotolia.com: Denis Dittrich/ jro-grafik
VCI on the EU-US trade dispute: It is vital for the EU and its Member States to act jointly and with determination in trade issues. - Photo: © Fotolia.com: Denis Dittrich/ jro-grafik

VCI director-general Utz Tillmann on the trade dispute between the United States and the European Union:

„Although additional US tariffs on steel and aluminium have been prevented in the short run, the discussion over recent weeks has clearly shown that it is vital for the EU and its Member States to act jointly and with determination in trade issues. We Europeans have to discuss what institutional changes are needed so that the European Union can meet US President Trump and China’s President Xi at eye level in the future – because Europe can succeed in this effort only if we speak with one voice. Obviously, national go-it-alone action is not useful.”

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Tillmann also emphasises: “Bilateral negotiations with the USA should not be limited to industrial tariffs. There are further issues of importance in international trade. Moreover, it is essential that the EU consistently orients its trade policy to the fundamental principles of WTO to avoid yet more damage to the world trading system.”





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