“Slashing customs and trade barriers between Europe and the United States would be an economic growth programme for the world economy without any additional costs”, said the international trade spokesman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, Daniel Caspary MEP (CDU) following today’s vote by the European Parliament calling for a quick start to negotiations.
“A free trade agreement would bring cheaper imports and create new jobs for Europe’s exporting industry”.
Caspary warned against drawing lines before negotiations have even started: “We want to negotiate with the United States on a par, and in an atmosphere of mutual trust. Real friends such as Europe and the US are able to talk about difficult topics. This is just the beginning, where we must be able to speak openly about all topics for which the EU is responsible for”.