The Commissioner threatened the United States “triple response” in the event of the imposition of duties on EU products
Cecilia Malmstrom said that Brussels is betting on the continuation of negotiations, however, if the United States will not abandon the idea of introducing fees, Europe will be forced to take action.
BERLIN, April 29. /TASS/. European Commissioner for trade Cecilia malmström threatened the United States “triple response” in the case of the introduction of Washington’s tariffs on steel and aluminum from the EU. She stated in a Sunday interview with the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
“At the moment our priority is the high-level dialogue,” — said Malmstrom. She noted that Brussels is betting on the continuation of negotiations, however, if the United States will not refuse “in the long term and without any conditions” the idea of introducing fees, Europe will be forced to take action.
Earlier, the European Commission has announced that is meant by the “triple response” is an appeal of the WTO, measures to support European producers and the imposition of duties on American goods, including products of the steel industry of the United States, orange juice, jeans, whiskey and Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
The US 23 March, imposed new duties on steel and aluminium products — 25% for steel and 10% aluminum. They apply to all countries which export products to the United States, however, deferred until may 1 got Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, the Republic of Korea and the countries of the European Union.