Reyes Maroto asks the commission for a firm response and more support measures for sectors affected by US tariffs

  5/20/2020

The Spanish Minister has asked for new mechanisms and support measures with short-term effect to be explored to minimize the impact of countermeasures by the US administration.

In relation to Brexit, she has asked for the trade in services to be on the agenda in negotiations on the future relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom.

The acting Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto , held a working meeting today with the European Commissioner for Trade, Phil Hogan , at the headquarters of the European Commission. The meeting was attended by the Secretary of State for Commerce, Xiana Méndez .

In relation to the WTO Airbus panel, Maroto has conveyed to Hogan that the Government of Spain expects from the Commission firm and determined support for Spanish interests . "The new public consultation launched by the United States and the possible increase in tariffs, or the inclusion of new products, need to have a firm response from the EU that reinforces support for the affected sectors," said the minister at the end of the meeting.

Along these lines, he has called for the exploration of new support mechanisms and measures that have a short-term effect, both inside and outside the CAP (compatible with the WTO), in order to minimize the impact that the imposition is having of countermeasures by the North American administration.

Maroto appreciated both the initiatives launched by the Commission and the intensification of diplomatic actions to accelerate negotiations with the United States and to open new markets.

“Spain will continue to defend unity of action, supporting the Commission in its efforts to achieve a negotiated solution; We hope that the meetings that the Commissioner will hold soon with the US administration will be positive and that progress can be made in a negotiated solution to the Airbus-Boeing controversy that avoids the imposition of new tariffs and urges the United States to withdraw those that are in force. ".