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Europe fears great difficulties in exporting its vehicles to the United States due to American protectionism

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The Europe is worried about its sales of electric cars and does not intend to be done. The gigantic American investment plan on the climate transition, which establishes "discriminatory" measures for European car manufacturers, is "unacceptable" for the twenty-seven, said the Czech Minister of Industry on Monday, whose country occupies The rotating presidency of the EU.

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"I'm going to be direct: it's unacceptable for the EU. As it stands, this text is extremely protectionist, to the detriment of European exports. This point must be clarified, "said Jozef Sikela, on the sidelines of a meeting of European trade ministers in Prague, where the American ambassador was invited to trade Katherine Tai.

However, the EU excludes for the moment any pursuit before the World Trade Organization (WTO): "At this stage, we focus on a negotiated solution before considering other options," said the European Commissioner at the Valdis Dombrovskis trade at the end of the meeting.

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"Number of the green subsidies provided for in the text can be discriminatory against European companies in the automotive fields, batteries, renewable energies and energy -intensive industries," said Valdiskis Valdiskis on Monday.

He announced that a joint "working group" between the EU and the United States would hold its first meeting this week to try to respond to the concerns of Europeans: "It will not be easy to resolve, but we have to do Coming, ”he told the press. "We know that other countries, such as Japan and South Korea, share EU worries, and also think about the best way to approach this problem," he added.

The same status as Canada?

For the twenty-seven, "the objective would be to obtain the same status as Canada and Mexico", whose production benefits from the same advantages as that of the United States in the measures adopted, said Jozef Sikela, noting Whether it was "a starting position in the negotiations". The Czech official said he was "quite optimistic" after Katherine Tai's interview with European ministers in Prague: "There is good will on both sides," he said.

Germany, which houses the automobile giants Volkswagen , BMW and Mercedes, warned three weeks ago against the risk of a transatlantic "tariff war".

"It is very important that we cooperate closely as strategic allies, particularly in the current situation", between war in Ukraine and energy crisis, hammered Jozef Sikela. Brussels and Washington have had several major disputes in recent years in front of the WTO, notably on aid to the American aircraft manufacturer Boeing and American customs duties aimed at European steel.

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