Some responses from Europe regarding US extension of temporary exemptions on steel and aluminum tariffs.

European Commission criticized that the extension prolongs market uncertainty, which is already having an impact of business decisions. It also reiterated in a statement that “the EU should be fully and permanently exempted from these measures, as they cannot be justified on the grounds of national security.”

UK Department for International Trade spokesman welcomed the “positive decision”. And the government said in a statement that “We will continue to work closely with our EU partners and the US government to achieve a permanent exemption, ensuring our important steel and aluminum industries are safeguarded.” But, “we remain concerned about the impact of these tariffs on global trade and will continue to work with the EU on a multilateral solution to the global problem of overcapacity, as well as to manage the impact on domestic markets.”

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