The EU stands firm in its refusal to include agriculture in a new trade deal with the United States, European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said Wednesday.
Malmstroem met in Washington with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to work out an agreement to resolve the trade dispute between the two economies.
While American officials have said the European Union will increase imports of US crops, Malmstroem told reporters, “We have made that very clear that from our side we’re not going to include agriculture that has been made very clear from the beginning.”
However, she said, the EU more than doubled imports of American soy beans — sales of which have plummeted due to a Chinese retaliation in its trade war with the United States.
US President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed in July that neither side would impose any new tariffs on the other so long as talks continued.