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Parliamentary questions
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18 July 2018
Question for written answer E-004008-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Pavel Telička (ALDE)

 Subject:  US sanctions on European aluminium and steel
 Answer in writing 

In March 2018, US President Donald Trump announced the introduction of tariffs on imported steel and aluminium. The EU, Canada and Mexico were granted temporary exemptions, which lasted until 1 June. Since that date, additional tariffs apply — of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminium — to imports from the EU.

1. Given that the EU is the second biggest exporter of steel to the US, does the Commission have any reliable data on the possible effects of US tariffs on the EU economy, also broken down by Member State?

2. As impact assessments are a valuable tool for evaluating the impact of policy actions, can the Commission state whether it has conducted an impact assessment of the possible effects of US tariffs on the European steel and aluminium sector and the European economy as a whole? If not, does it plan to do so?

3. Recalling that the EU launched legal proceedings against the US at the WTO on 1 June 2018, while the Commission also presented rebalancing duties on US products corresponding to the damage caused by US measures, can the Commission explain the likely effects, if they are applied, of these rebalancing duties on European consumers and businesses?

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