International trade – Visit by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne to Berlin (11 May 2018)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is visiting Berlin today to meet with Ulrich Nussbaum, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, notably responsible for trade issues.

The minister of state and his counterpart will notably discuss the tensions in the area of trade policy in order to reaffirm, in follow-up to the visits to Washington by President Macron and the German chancellor, our attachment to relations based on the principles of free and fair trade and the search for collective solutions within the framework of the World Trade Organization. Together with their European partners, France and Germany support the continuation of dialogue in order to promote a positive agenda on international trade and commerce. With respect to the steel and aluminum tariffs in particular, France will continue to make the case that the EU should benefit from a total, permanent and unconditional exemption.

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne will also discuss with his counterpart ways to limit the impact on European firms of the use by the United States of sanctions that have an extraterritorial effect and actions that can be taken at the European level.

During his visit, the minister of state will meet with Joachim Lang, Director General of BDI (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e. V.) which brings together 37 business associations and has approximately 100,000 affiliated firms which directly employ 8 million people.