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EU/US trade talks ‘off to good start’

European Union trade commissioner Phil Hogan said his meeting with senior US officials marked a “good start” to resetting trade ties with Washington, but there was more work to do.

Hogan told reporters he had a good exchange of views with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer several times during his visit, and underscored Brussels’ desire to negotiate solutions for several open disputes and avoid tit-for-tat tariffs.

He said the EU was not ready to put agriculture on the table in broader trade talks, but looking at non-tariff barriers such as phyto-sanitary standards could offer some options for breaking the impasse.

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