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EU says it is ready to launch U.S. trade talks, but without agriculture

By Philip Blenkinsop

 

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is ready to start talks on a trade agreement with the United States and aims to conclude a deal before year-end, European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Monday.

 

The EU approved two areas for negotiation, opposed by France with an abstention from Belgium. But agriculture was not included, leaving the 28-country bloc at odds with Washington, which has insisted on including farm products in the talks.

 

The EU vote allows the Commission to start two sets of negotiations - one to cut tariffs on industrial goods, the other to make it easier for companies to show products meet EU or U.S. standards.

 

Malmstrom said she would now reach out to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to see when talks could begin.

 

"We are ready as soon as they are," Malmstrom told a news conference.

 

A spokeswoman for Lighthizer declined to comment.

 

But U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the tax and trade-focused Senate Finance Committee, said a U.S.-EU trade deal that excluded agriculture would be "unlikely" to win approval in the U.S. Congress because so many lawmakers want farm access to Europe.

 

"Elimination of industrial tariffs and non-tariff barriers only get us part of the way there, especially when we face major barriers to agricultural trade in the EU," Grassley, himself an Iowa farmer, said in a statement. "Agriculture is a significant piece of the global economy and it simply doesn't make sense to leave it out."

 

The European Commission has said it is willing to discuss cars as part of the industrial goods talks, but not agriculture.

 

"Agriculture will certainly not be part of these negotiations. This is a red line for Europe," Malmstrom said.

 

She added Brussels would strive to agree what amounted to a limited deal before the Commission's term ends on Oct. 31. "If we agree to start, I think it can go quite quickly."

 

Malmstrom stressed that the potential tariffs deal was far less ambitious than the previous "TTIP" negotiations, which stalled after three years and have now been rendered obsolete.

 

The two sides are each other's largest trading partners. Flows between the two represent 30 percent of global trade.

 

A Commission survey estimates an agreement on industrial tariffs would increase EU exports to the United States by 8 percent and U.S. products bound for Europe by 9 percent.

 

AUTO TARIFF THREAT

Hanging over the talks is U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to impose tariffs on cars and auto parts of around 25 percent on national security grounds.

 

Trump last July agreed with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker not to impose tariffs on EU-produced cars and parts as long as the two sides negotiated on trade, including removal of tariffs on "non-auto industrial goods."

 

But Lighthizer has voiced frustration with a "complete stalemate" with Europe on agriculture, telling a congressional committee in March there would be no U.S.-EU free trade agreement without agricultural access.

 

EU governments agreed the bloc would not conclude negotiations until Washington removed tariffs it has applied to EU steel and aluminum and would suspend negotiations if the Trump administration imposed new tariffs, such as on cars.

 

Germany, whose exports of cars and parts to the United States are more than half the EU total, has been among those most keen to press ahead with talks.

 

France, with very few U.S. car exports, wants climate change provisions in any deal - a difficult demand given Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.

 

(Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; Additional reporting by David Lawder in Washington; Editing by Alison Williams and Rosalba O'Brien)

 

 

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3 hours ago, malagateddy said:

I sincerely hope that the USA totally wipe the floor with the eu.
Go USA go..ragdoll the euemoji2.pngemoji2.pngemoji2.png

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Do you also hope it wipes the floor with the UK? Because if Brexit happens, you think the Trump is not going to demand that the UK open its markets to cheaper US agricultural products?

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10 minutes ago, Nigel Garvie said:

The EU, even without UK is big and smart enough to hold their own. Remember we should thank them for protecting us from having to eat poorly regulated US rubbish food. Look at the obesity problem in the US, and the associated massive burden of obesity related diabetes on their health services, which is predicted to bankrupt our own health service in the next 20 years. Life expectancy in the US is the same as Cuba, and less than Chile. Three cheers for the French heroes who burnt down the first Macdonalds in France!

"Remember we should thank them for protecting us from having to eat poorly regulated US rubbish food."

 

Agree entirely.

 

The rest of your post is ignoring the fact that obesity and related problems are rising in many countries.

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1 minute ago, bristolboy said:

Do you also hope it wipes the floor with the UK? Because if Brexit happens, you think the Trump is not going to demand that the UK open its markets to cheaper US agricultural products?

I think I'm right in saying that at the moment food in the eu containing GMO products - need to be shown on the label as such?

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3 minutes ago, malagateddy said:

Haven't a clue..but why should likes if heseltine etc get a nice bit of pay for not utilising his land..just to keep a " false high " on food prices
Just look at certain foreign countries like france for example.

 


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Quite, CAP has worked for France -not so much for the uk, where it has resulted in big business taking over farms and being paid for doing nothing.....

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25 minutes ago, malagateddy said:

Haven't a clue..but why should likes if heseltine etc get a nice bit of pay for not utilising his land..just to keep a " false high " on food prices
Just look at certain foreign countries like france for example.

 


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So in your view, most of UK agriculture is run along the lines of Heseltine's enterprise?

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48 minutes ago, malagateddy said:

Haven't a clue..but why should likes if heseltine etc get a nice bit of pay for not utilising his land..just to keep a " false high " on food prices
Just look at certain foreign countries like france for example.

 


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43 minutes ago, dick dasterdly said:

Quite, CAP has worked for France -not so much for the uk, where it has resulted in big business taking over farms and being paid for doing nothing.....

 

22 minutes ago, bristolboy said:

So in your view, most of UK agriculture is run along the lines of Heseltine's enterprise?

Yes.

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With mere months to go, before a multitude of presidential candidates reveal their plans for the future, in a trump free landscape, I fail to see why any country would want to engage in negotiations with the US, if they can be put off in the short term.

 

To wit, we won’t discuss agriculture, so let’s discuss not discussing that for six months... oh... new EU trade representatives to get up to speed... now, where were we?

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