European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will visit Washington at the end of July in a bid ease trade tensions after EU leaders pledged to react firmly against protectionism.
Juncker, whose Commission coordinates trade policy for the 28 EU members, said he had accepted an invitation from U.S. President Donald Trump and would visit on July 24 or later.
“We should de-dramatize these relations,” he added. “We need these relations. The U.S. needs these relations. I am not sure we will find an agreement between the U.S. and the European Union but we’ll try,” he told a news conference after a summit of EU leaders.
Earlier, those leaders agreed that the U.S. import tariffs imposed on EU steel and aluminum could not be justified and supported the European Commission’s legal challenge and the duties set on U.S. products.
“The EU must respond to all actions of a clear protectionist nature,” the leaders said in written conclusions to their meeting.