EU Trade Chief Returns to U.S. as Hunt for Truce Heats Up


Jonathan Stearns, Bloomberg

via Yahoo Finance - February 5, 2020


(Bloomberg) -- European Union Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan will be in Washington on Thursday for the second time in less than a month as the bloc seeks to revive a transatlantic commercial truce.


Hogan will meet U.S. officials including Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer during his Feb. 6 visit, a spokesman for the European Commission, the EUís executive arm, said Wednesday evening in Brussels.


These meetings are part of the regular contacts being held at technical and political level in the framework of the discussions for a positive bilateral transatlantic trade agenda, the spokesman said. Hogan made his first visit to Washington as EU trade chief in mid-January, when he spent three days there.


The EU aims to renew a July 2018 truce that has been fraying in recent months as the U.S. targeted Europe with new tariffs or warnings of them. Chief among Europeís worries is a lingering U.S. threat to hit EU cars and auto parts with duties based on national-security grounds.


Hoganís trip to Washington this week may help pave the way for a visit by commission President Ursula von der Leyen.


Von der Leyen and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed at a meeting in Davos, Switzerland, last month to discuss...