From EU Driving Seat, Romania Will Push for U.S. Trade Talks



Jonathan Stearns | Bloomberg

Romania will use its European Union presidency to push for negotiations with the U.S. on cutting industrial tariffs as the bloc seeks to keep the threat of American duties on EU cars at bay.

Romanian Trade Minister Stefan-Radu Oprea said a European Commission request to start talks on lowering trans-Atlantic commercial barriers would feature at a Feb. 21-22 meeting with his EU counterparts. The goal is to have EU governments give the green light during the first half of the year, he said.