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EU, U.S. to end trade tariffs, call for new study into COVID-19 origins, summit draft says

EU trade chief "moderately optimistic" of resolving U.S. tariff dispute
EU trade chief "moderately optimistic" of resolving U.S. tariff dispute   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  
By Reuters

<div> <p><span class="caps">BRUSSELS</span> – The leaders of the European Union and the United States are set to commit to lifting steel tariffs before Dec. 1 2021 and avoid any further transatlantic trade disputes, according to a draft statement prepared for a June 15 summit in Brussels.</p> <p>The draft, seen by Reuters and which will be discussed by EU ambassadors on Wednesday, also commits to ending a long-running spat over subsidies to aircraft makers before July 11.</p> <p>Both sides will agree to cooperate on facing China’s economic, political and military rise policy and also call for a new study into the origins of the <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 pandemic, first detected in China. </p> <p>“We call for progress on a transparent, evidence-based … study on the origins of <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19, that is free from interference,” the draft said.</p> <p/> </div>