The European Commission has announced its intention to launch an immediate complaint with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva against the US decision to restrict steel imports from the rest of the world.
The US President George Bush decided to impose up to 30 percent tariffs on most imported steel in a bid to help the American steel industry.
US NAFTA partners Canada and Mexico are excluded from the tariffs.
The EU has announced that it will “take whatever measures are necessary to safeguard our own market”. It added in statement that “the US steel industry is already benefiting from numerous protective measures”.