FILE - This May 6, 2016 file photo shows the logo of the Airbus Group in Suresnes, outside Paris. The World Trade Organization says the United States can impose tariffs on up to $7.5 billion worth of goods from the European Union as retaliation for illegal subsidies to European plane-maker Airbus — a record award from the trade body. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

The Latest: EU says US tariffs are act of self-harm

October 03, 2019 - 7:23 am

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. decision to put tariffs on EU goods (all times local):

1:20 p.m.

The European Union says it regrets the U.S. decision to impose $7.5 billion worth of tariffs on EU products over the bloc’s support for plane-maker Airbus and says the Trump administration is shooting itself in the foot with such a move.

European Commission spokesman Daniel Rosario said Thursday that “this is a move that will first and foremost hit U.S. consumers and companies and will make efforts towards a negotiated settlement more complicated.”

Rosario recalls that the World Trade Organization is due to authorize in coming months possible EU duties in a parallel case after finding that the U.S. was illegally subsidizing Boeing. The EU expects to be able to impose tariffs worth up to $12 billion.

Rosario says that “if the U.S. imposes countermeasures it will be pushing the EU into a situation where we will have to do the same”

He insists the EU “is ready to work together on a fair and balanced solution for our respective aircraft industries.”


12:10 p.m.

The French government says the European Union will respond with “retaliatory measures” to the U.S. decision to impose tariffs on a range of the bloc’s exports, from cheese to wine.

Spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye told news broadcaster BFM TV on Thursday: “We’ve tried to lessen this commercial tension, but if they are not in the mood for conciliation, obviously Europe will fight back.”

Olives, yogurt, fruit and large aircraft are among the European imports the U.S. plans to hit with tariffs after receiving the go-ahead Wednesday from the World Trade Organization in a case involving illegal EU subsidies for the aircraft giant Airbus.

The targeted imports are worth $7.5 billion. The tariffs, to take effect Oct. 18, will be 10% for EU aircraft and 25% for everything else.

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