EU May Respond to US Metal Tariffs With Safeguard Measures - Juncker

© AFP 2022 / MARIO LAPORTAAworker checks aluminium bars on February 15, 2010 at the US aluminium company Alcoa's plant in Portovesme. (File)
Aworker checks aluminium bars on February 15, 2010 at the US aluminium company Alcoa's plant in Portovesme. (File) - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The European Union could respond to the introduction of new US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports in three ways - by introducing safeguard measures, re-balancing the US move in accordance with the World Trade Organization (WTO) rules or resorting to dispute settlement consultants, the European Commission president said.

"Should the need arise the European Union will respond in three ways. First, under WTO rules we have the right to re-balance these measures and we stand ready to do so. Secondly, we will be ready with safeguard measures… And thirdly, we will seek dispute settlement consultants in the WTO in conjunction with other affected countries," Jean-Claude Juncker said.

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The European official added that Washington's decision to impose tariffs was a "lose-lose" step.

A worker walks by rolls of steel products at Posco steel mill in Pohang, south of Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 5, 2003 - Sputnik International
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On Thursday, US President Donald Trump signed a new policy to impose 25-percent and 10-percent tariffs on imported steel and aluminum respectively. The action will go into effect in 15 days.

The decision of the United States has already been widely criticized by a number of countries and officials around the world. On Wednesday, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said that the 28-nation bloc could consider the introduction of responsive measures against certain groups of US products. International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde warned that, if implemented, US tariffs could lead to a trade war that would have grave macroeconomic consequences.

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