Hogan on mission to Canada to promote new trade deal
EU agriculture chief Phil Hogan is on a mission in Canada this week to promote a recently signed trade deal with the country.
He is also due to make a quick detour to the US, where a similar but much larger trade deal has been on ice since the elections of US president Donald Trump.
His colleague, EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström, met US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross in Washington last week following his more positive signals about a transatlantic deal.
She said then that "there is still a case" for a deal but that both sides "need a bit more time to see where we are" and to "clarify that both sides share an ambition to find solutions to difficult issues".
Mr Hogan also warned against getting too excited about the development and said there was still considerable uncertainty over what the US wanted.
"It is very unclear what the US trade policy is as yet," Mr Hogan told reporters in Brussels ahead of the trip. "There isn't any evidence of a settled policy."
Mr Hogan will not be meeting newly confirmed agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue on his trip but will speak to him by phone this week, he said..
Meanwhile, the EU is focusing on trade deals with Japan and Mexico - one of the parties to the Nafta trade agreement, which US president Donald Trump's last week promised to review.