Brussels_ The European Union (EU) has announced Wednesday the imposition of tariffs for 2.8 billion dollars on a list of products from the United States in response to Washington's decision to tax aluminum and steel imports from the old continent, according to Prensa Latina.

The European trade commissioner, Cecilia Malmstrom, stated that they did not want to be in this position. However, the unilateral and unjustified decision of the United States left them no other option.

She added that the list of affected imports was notified to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on May 18 and includes American products such as sweet corn, orange juice or blueberries.

Today, the 30-day waiting period ended after the notification that, according to WTO rules, the EU had to wait before taking the measures officially.

The regulation that implements them will be published tomorrow, and the tariffs will take effect at midnight on Thursday to Friday, Brussels time.

The European commissioners approved the list on June 6 and the member states expressed their unanimous support for this reaction, the community executive explained.

The measures imposed today are aimed at imports worth 2.8 billion euros, the maximum that the EU can impose at this time despite the total European steel and aluminum affected reaches 6.4 billion euros.

The remaining 3.6 billion euros can be rebalanced in the future, after a favorable decision in the dispute raised against the WTO, or when three years have passed since the first imposition of tariffs by the United States.

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