Imposing restrictions on EU steel and aluminium exports to the US is unacceptable and calls for a firm response, say International Trade Committee MEPs.

“The International Trade Committee strongly condemns the announcement by the President of the United States to impose restrictions on imports of steel and aluminium to the US in the form of additional import duties”, committee chair Bernd Lange (S&D, DE), Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl (EPP, BE), Alessia Maria Mosca (S&D, IT), Emma McClarkin (ECR, UK), Marietje Schaake (ALDE, NL), Helmut Scholz (GUE/NGL, DE) and Yannick Jadot (Greens/EFA, FR), said in a statement on Friday.

 

“The envisaged measure is unacceptable and incompatible with WTO law. US trade protectionism will isolate our strategic partner and instead of creating growth and jobs will have the contrary effect. We deeply regret this step.

 

We strongly support the European Commission in giving a firm and immediate response by bringing forward WTO-compatible countermeasures against the United States to defend the interests of our citizens.

 

We also call on the Commission and the Member States to anticipate possible negative impacts, including potential job losses and to find efficient ways to introduce mitigating measures”, MEPs said.