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Source: European Parliament

On 15 April 2019, the Council approved mandates for the Commission to open negotiations with the United States on two agreements:

‘a trade agreement limited to the elimination of tariffs for industrial goods only, excluding agricultural products andan agreement on conformity assessment that would have as its objective the removal of non-tariff barriers, by making it easier for companies to prove their products meet technical requirements both in the EU and the US while maintaining a high level of protection in the EU’[1].

1. Which documents will the Commission disclose with regard to the negotiations and how will it provide the public with a comprehensible insight into the state of negotiations and the sectors concerned, so that potential risks can be identified and investigated at an early stage by those concerned?

2. When will a detailed impact assessment regarding these agreements be published?


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