US demands are why mineral deal with EU failed, Dombrovskis says

US demands are why mineral deal with EU failed, Dombrovskis says
# 29 October 2023 07:28 (UTC +04:00)

The US and European Union were unable to reach an agreement recently on critical minerals because the US made extra requests beyond those in a deal that Japan and Washington signed earlier this year, according to EU Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, APA reports citing Bloomberg.

The agreement with the US “would have been concluded by now” if it was based on the template of the Japan-US deal signed in March, Dombrovskis told reporters in Osaka on Saturday. The difficulty was that “the US is coming with more far-reaching requests vis-a-vis the EU than it did vis-a-vis Japan,” he said on the sidelines of the Group of Seven trade ministers meeting.

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