EU trade ministers have agreed to give Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton a mandate to open talks on a new EU/US trade deal.
Last Friday at a meeting of the EU's Trade Council in Luxembourg, Bruton secured a mandate to begin talks with the US for a new trade deal that the EU claims could potentially create 400,000 new jobs and a boost to EU Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 0.5 per cent.
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