Monday 5 December 2016

European US trade deal still being negotiated and will happen - EU ambassador

Published 29/08/2016 | 13:57

The EU ambassador to the United States David O'Sullivan
The EU ambassador to the United States David O'Sullivan

The controversial European / US free trade deal is still being negotiated and will happen, the EUs most senior diplomat to Washington has insisted.

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The view of EU ambassador to the US David O'Sullivan contradicts weekend comments by German economy minister Sigmar Gabriel, who effectively said the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal was dead in the water.

"We are continuing to work to see if this can be concluded this year with this (Obama) Administration," David O'Sullivan said at an event in Dublin.

Even if that timeline slips a deal will eventually be agreed, he said.

"I do believe this deal will be done. It needs to be done," Ambassador O'Sullivan said.

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