EU Continues to Say No to Ag Trade Talks

A top European Union trade official says Europe seriously wants a trade agreement with the United States, but EU political leaders still won’t negotiate on significant agricultural policies.

Bernd Lange, chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade, told reporters in Washington that the EU will not negotiate its ag tariff and non-tariff barriers to U.S. farm commodities. “On agriculture, everyone knows that this is not possible,” Lange said while visiting with lawmakers and Trump administration officials

An Agri-Pulse report said that is the opposite of what EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan had said in a recent visit to the U.S. Hogan had told reporters that Europe was considering taking a more flexible approach on its refusal to include agriculture in trade talks with the U.S. The EU will soon be busy as formal trade talks with the United Kingdom are set to begin on Monday.