- The EU 'takes note' of President Donald Trump's decision to exempt EU member states from US import duties on steel and aluminum until 1 June. The EU ought to 'be excluded from these measures fully and permanently', the European Commission says and warns that it is 'not under threat'.
The White House made the decision to grant the EU, Canada and Mexico a further one month delay for the monthly charges introduced in March. The countries were previously exempted until 1 May. Trump wants to use the coming weeks for further negotiations. For example, he requires the EU to lower its import tariffs for American cars.
'The EU has consistently shown its willingness to discuss market access issues that are important for both sides. But we also made it clear that, as a long-term partner and friend of the US, we do not negotiate under threat, 'says Brussels. 'Every future transatlantic work program must be balanced and offer mutual benefits. ''
'This decision prolongs the uncertainty on the market. Overcapacity in the steel and aluminum sector does not originate in the EU '', according to the committee.
With Argentina, Australia and Brazil, Washington says it has a principle agreement. The details of it will soon be completed ''.
Other countries, such as China and Russia, are not temporarily exempted from the measures. They have to pay taxes of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum to sell their products on the American market.
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