On 19 April, the Commission proposed that the EU should introduce trade sanctions worth 300m dollar, in retaliation to the tariffs introduced by the US on steel. The retaliation measures would target sensitive export products such as fruits, textiles and steel.
On 19 April, the Commission revealed its planned retaliatory measures against the US. The US reacted by urging the EU to delay taking action until the WTO panel has ruled on the US tariffs. So far, the EU has not responded to the request for a delay and the sanctions are still expected to commence on 18 June.
The retaliation is designed to put pressure on the US to withdraw its steel tariffs against EU producers. Another possible intermediate solution of the conflict would be for the US to lower duties on other products.