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Exclusive: EU ready to lift duties on most U.S. goods to reach trade pact

By Robin Emmott and Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will offer to lift tariffs on nearly all goods imported from the United States as part of negotiations towards the world's largest free-trade deal, people familiar with the proposal have told Reuters. The offer will be made on Monday, a week ahead of face-to-face talks between EU trade chief Karel De Gucht and his U.S. counterpart Michael Froman in Washington.

US, EU wrap up third round of free-trade talks

The United States and the European Union on Friday ended a third round of talks to create the world's largest free-trade area to boost growth and jobs in their huge economies. US and EU trade officials wrapped up five days of negotiations in Washington, where the talks began in July, to hammer out the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), an ambitious agreement to expand trade, investment and regulatory cooperation. The two economies combined make up 40 percent of output in the world economy.

US, EU hold third round of free-trade trade talks

The United States and the European Union entered a third round of trade negotiations Monday in Washington aimed at creating a powerful free-trade bloc to boost their economies and jobs. US and EU trade officials returned to the US capital, where the talks began in July, to hammer out the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, an ambitious agreement to expand trade, investment and regulatory cooperation.

Trade agreement would generate much-needed jobs, growth in Europe and US

BRUSSELS - The United States and the European Union sought Monday to get past a rough patch in diplomatic relations to resume talks on a free trade deal that would grow what is already the world's biggest business relationship. Negotiators for the Obama administration and the EU say an agreement would create jobs and boost growth in the two economies, which represent almost half of global output but are still not fully recovered from recession. The trade volume in goods and services between the two economies totalled 800 billion euros ($1.08 trillion) last year.

US, EU to hold second round of trade talks Nov. 11-15

The United States and the European Union will hold a second round of trade talks this month to create a massive transatlantic free-trade zone, the two governments announced Monday. Negotiators for the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will meet over November 11-15 in Brussels to discuss services, investment, energy and raw materials, and regulatory issues. US and EU teams will conduct negotiations on other issues by video conference throughout November, the US Trade Representative said in a statement.

US, EU to hold second round of trade talks Nov. 11-15

The United States and the European Union will hold a second round of trade talks this month to create a massive transatlantic free-trade zone, the two governments announced Monday. Negotiators for the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will meet over November 11-15 in Brussels to discuss services, investment, energy and raw materials, and regulatory issues. US and EU teams will conduct negotiations on other issues by video conference throughout November, the US Trade Representative said in a statement.

EU, U.S. to hold second round of trade talks on November 11

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United States and the European Union will next week hold a second round of negotiations towards the world's biggest free-trade deal and seek to catch up ground lost to last month's U.S. government shutdown. The week-long talks, which were originally scheduled for early October but then postponed due to the 16-day shutdown, will run from Monday, November 11, in Brussels, the European Commission said in a statement.

US, EU to hold second round of trade talks Nov. 11-15

The United States and the European Union will hold a second round of trade talks this month to create a massive transatlantic free-trade zone, the US government said Monday. Negotiators for the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will meet from November 11-15 in Brussels to discuss services, investment, energy and raw materials, and regulatory issues, the US Trade Representative said in a statement. vs/pmh

EU-US trade talks won't exclude film, culture: US envoy

The US ambassador to the European Union insisted Thursday that Europe's film and cultural industry will not be totally excluded from upcoming talks on striking the world's biggest free trade deal. William Kennard also said it would be "not appropriate" to fold financial services into negotiations between the United States and the European Union, which currently have the world's largest economic relationship -- worth some four trillion dollars in investment and trade.

Exclusive: EU wants to exclude utilities from U.S. trade talks

By Ethan Bilby BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union wants to exclude much of the utility sector from a prospective EU-U.S. free trade agreement in order to protect government controlled infrastructure, the latest draft of the EU's mandate for the negotiations showed on Tuesday.
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