The trade talks between Europe and the United States are not making progress in the new year. Both sides have not yet agreed which sectors should include the negotiations on a new agreement, said EU trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström after meeting with us trade representative Robert Lighthizer, Washington.

Hendrik Kafsack

economic correspondent in Brussels.

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However, the European Commission is pushing ahead with the preparation of concrete negotiations. The EU authority had begun work on a mandate for the talks, a spokesman said. The mandate, to authorise the member States and the European Parliament, is intended to refer to both the abolition of customs duties on industrial goods as well as a deepening regulatory cooperation. In doing so, the alignment of Standards and other requirements to facilitate trade.

the Great hope had set in Brussels, no one in the Meeting. For months, a repeat of representatives of the European Commission’s mantra that the EU has a serious interest in working to improve the trade relations with the United States and is working to achieve tangible results. Anything else would be, in view of its importance as the largest trading partner amazing added Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, this Wednesday in Brussels.