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Vilnius - EU Not To Delay Trade Talks With US Over Spying On European Countries

Published on: July 5, 2013 08:27 AM
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Lithuania's President Dali Grybauskaite (R) and President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso during their joint press conference in Vilnius, Lithuania 5 July 2013. EPA/VALDA KALNINA Lithuania’s President Dali Grybauskaite (R) and President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso during their joint press conference in Vilnius, Lithuania 5 July 2013. EPA/VALDA KALNINA

Vilnius - The head of the EU’s executive commission says that the European Union and the United States have reached an agreement that talks on trade and concerns over American intelligence activities will begin at the same time on July 8.

Jose Manuel Barroso said Friday that meetings on a trans-Atlantic free-trade deal will be begin as scheduled, with “our American partners” agreeing to launch consultations on “√≠ssues of serious concern ... relating to some intelligence activities.”

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Barroso spoke in the Lithuanian capital, two days after some European states voiced concerns that the discussions would be delayed over reports of US spying on European institutions and countries.

Barroso said he hoped the process would “build and reinforce confidence” in helping to “pursue the very ambitious agreements” between the two sides.


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