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EU sees more trade unity with U.S. after Trump-era 'irritant'

The U.S. and European Union are focused on strengthening the multilateral trading system, the trade minister for Brussels said, less than two weeks after defusing one of biggest transatlantic disputes lingering from the Trump administration.

On Thursday, European trade ministers agreed on a common position for outcomes at the WTO ministerial conference, including an an agreement to curb harmful fishery subsidies, the establishment of a task force on WTO reform, and a framework to expand global trade in vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics. Foto: AP/Salvatore Di Nolfi

Late last month, the U.S. and EU agreed to pause tariffs on more than $10 billion worth of goods as part of a broader reset following four tumultuous years under former President Donald Trump.

"In a nutshell, we agreed to hit the pause button on this major Trump-era irritant," EU Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis said in a press conference in Brussels. "It's clear that the solution which we have reached is not the end solution for this dispute."..

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