Hogan slams US over trade deal talks

The US was accused by Phil Hogan, the EU Agriculture Commissioner, of creating suspicion and conspiracy theories over their handling of the trade agreement between the EU and the US.

The Americans may not be interested in going ahead with the negotiations before the presidential elections in 2016, and the commission may decide to park the talks until after that, he said.

His statement coincides with an effort by the commission to improve the image of the planned deal among the mainly hostile European public by promising to make details more public.

Mr Hogan and a number of other commissioners meet the US chief negotiator, Michael Froman, tomorrow in Brussels in an effort to unblock the long-stalled negotiations.

“We have put forward our proposals in a very open and transparent way, they will be published in the near future but unfortunately the United States cannot even tell their own Congress about the content of their negotiating mandate, which is creating conspiracy, suspicion, and misinformation,” he said.

The Americans have been slow to respond to position papers from the EU and over the past 18 months, there were just five meetings between negotiating groups.


Put provenance first this season and make 'Made in Munster' the label to be seen in. With outstanding craftmanship and commitment to quality, these homegrown designers are making Munster-made fashion wish list worthy around the world. Shopping local has never looked so good. Carolyn Moore reports.Made in Munster: Shopping local has never looked this good.

Karen Cunneen-Bilbow Owner, Fabricate IrelandMade in Munster: ‘I turned my hobby into a business’

An invitation is extended to all to pay a visit to Bride View Cottage, writes Charlie WilkinsSeasonal cheer will spread early in Co Cork as an invitation is extended to all to visit Bride View Cottage

After a week of Fortnite Chapter 2, we think it’s fair to say Epic lived up to their name with the game’s ‘re-launch’.GameTech: Happy after a week of Fortnite Chapter 2

More From The Irish Examiner