EU ready to start trade talks with US

EU ready to start trade talks with US

The European Union is ready immediately to start trade negotiations with the United States to remove tariffs and a deal could be rapidly concluded, European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said.

"I will reach out as soon as they wake up in the U.S.... and see if can have more clarity on when we can meet to have the first talks on this... We are ready as soon as they are," she told a news conference.

"If we agree to start, I think it can go quite quickly," Reuters cited European Trade Commissioner as saying. 

"We are definitely determined to do everything we can to finish this during the Juncker Commission," Malmstrom said, referring to the present European Commission, whose term ends on Oct. 31.