EU trade official seeks tariff suspension to ease aircraft subsidy dispute

FILE PHOTO: Gulf Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft makes a fly-by as Emirates Airlines Airbus A380-800 plane is seen during the Bahrain International Air Show 2018, at Sakhir Air Base, south of Manama, Bahrain, November 14, 2018. REUTERS/ Hamad I Mohammed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The European Union hopes to engage quickly with the Biden administration to resolve the long-running Boeing-Airbus subsidy dispute within six months, but wants to see both sides suspend their punitive tariffs, a senior EU trade official said on Friday.

EU Director General for Trade Sabine Weyand told an online event held by the Center for Strategic and International studies that such a suspension would create space for productive negotiations to settle the dispute.

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