If EU and US press ahead with trade talks, consumers must benefit and be protected



The EU-US trading relationship has been fraught by intense debates on tariffs. Following a joint EU-US statement to improve this situation, the partners now intend to launch trade talks.

The EU wishes to launch two separate negotiations. One aims to eliminate tariffs on 'industrial goods', which refers to all goods bar agricultural ones. The other intends to reduce costs associated with conformity assessment  when exporting and importing goods across the Atlantic. In addition, the EU and the US also intend to improve the cooperation between their regulators.

If talks are to be launched between the EU and the US on these matters, we make the following recommendations:

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