- PressTV Published on Jun 14, 2018
European Union countries on Thursday unanimously backed a plan to impose import duties on 2.8 billion euros ($3.3 billion) worth of US products after Washington hit EU steel and aluminum with tariffs at the start of June, EU sources said. The measures still need to be adopted by the European Commission, whose next scheduled meeting is June 20. They should be in place by late June or early July. The European Commission has proposed setting 25 percent duties on US goods such as orange juice, jeans, motorcycles in response to what it is sees as illegal US action affecting 6.4 billion euros of its exports. US President Donald Trump made steel from the European Union, Canada and Mexico subject to 25 percent tariffs and aluminum to 10 percent at the start of June, ending exemptions that had been in place since March.