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EU Health Chief Says no Clear Majority Yet for U.S. Trade Deal

Posted January 19, 2015

Under EU Customs Issues, International Trade Issues


No clear majority has so far emerged among EU states for a free-trade agreement between the European Union and the United States and both sides need to explain the benefits of such a deal, the EU's health chief said.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged the 28-nation EU to speed up negotiations with the United States on what would be the world's biggest trade deal. But there is public opposition in Europe based on fears of weaker food and environmental standards.

"We have to take people's concerns seriously," Vytenis Andriukaitis, European commissioner for health and food safety, told German daily Tagesspiegel, adding that the trade agreement ultimately needed to be ratified by all national parliaments. Click here to read more.