THE United States’ proposals to slap tariffs on steel imports is hitting Brussels “very hard”, the EU’s trade commissioner has warned.
US President Donald Trump ordered an investigation into curbing steel imports amid “national security” fears in April.
Washington is expected to decide whether to impose tariffs this week.
She told Politico: “We should be very, very clear …. [that] this is hitting the European Union very, very hard.”
Ms Malmström said the EU will have to analyse Washington’s decision before deciding what action to take.
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The trade commissioner said the EU shares Mr Trump’s concerns regarding overcapacity in China.
She warned US tariffs are “maybe not targeted vis-à-vis Europe, but it will hit us very hard.”
Donald Trump ordered an investigation into curbing steel imports in April
The European Parliament’s international trade committee voted overwhelmingly in favour of a text that would give the EU greater scope to impose duties on products coming from countries where the state interferes with the economy.
An EU-China summit this month was overshadowed by divisions on trade, with Brussels still wrestling over Beijing’s demand that it be treated as a “market economy” 15 years after the Asian nation joined the World Trade Organisation.