European Commission Responds to Imposed Steel and Aluminum Duties

The European Commission has responded to the recent announcement from the President of the United States regarding the imposition of additional duties for steel and aluminum imports to the U.S. Earlier this morning, the College of Commissioners held a press conference in which it was firmly stated that the European Union still hopes that the proposed restrictions are not imposed – but if they are, the EU will act in line with the World Trade Organization rules to defend European interests. 

“We have made it clear that if a move like this is taken, it will hurt the European Union,” stated Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström, speaking after the press conference, “It will put thousands of European jobs in jeopardy and it has to be met by firm and proportionate response.”  

EU Ambassador to the U.S. David O’Sullivan echoed this statement on NPR this morning; listen to the full interview here.