The EU is one of the United States` main trading partners. Similarly, the United States is Germany`s largest export market outside Europe, as well as the market in which German companies invest the most. Negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US have been suspended since Donald Trump took office in early 2017 and are not continuing. On 25 July 2018, the European Commission agreed with the US government on a trade programme to address issues of common interest. The agreed cooperation covers several areas. These include reciprocal liberalisation of trade in industrial products, with the exception of vehicles. Both sides are also considering measures to facilitate trade in a number of specific sectors (services, chemicals, medicines, health products, soybeans). In addition, the European Commission and the US government have agreed on closer cooperation on standardization and strategic cooperation in the energy sector. These include the objective of increasing imports of liquefied natural gas from the United States. The two sides also agreed on a dialogue on WTO reform and a common approach to addressing the global challenges of unfair trade practices. The US government and the European Commission will refrain from taking action contrary to the spirit of their agreement, while work will continue on the common agenda. More information on progress in the discussions can be downloaded from the European Commission`s website.
Following the discussions on 15 April 2019, the Council of the European Union has given the European Commission two negotiating mandates. It is a mandate to begin negotiations with the United States for an agreement on the removal of tariffs on industrial products and on a compliance assessment agreement. After these two terms, talks will be suspended if the United States imposes new special tariffs on EU imports. In addition, the mandate of an industrial tariff agreement stipulates that existing U.S. special tariffs on steel and aluminum imports must be removed before an agreement is reached. Canada and Germany have a strong and diversified trade relationship that includes trade, investment, science and technology. Both the EU and Canada will retain the right to freely regulate in areas of public interest such as environmental protection or human health and safety.  The intra-Belgian disagreement was resolved in the last days of October and paved the way for CETA to be signed. On 28 October, the Belgian regional parliaments authorized full jurisdiction to the federal government and the following day Foreign Minister Didier Reynders signed his signature on behalf of Belgium.
  The following day, Sunday 30 October 2016, the treaty was signed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Slovakia`s Prime Minister Robert Fico (Slovakia chaired the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2016).  On October 18, 2013, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso signed an agreement in principle. Negotiations ended on 1 August 2014.  The trade agreement was formally presented on September 25, 2014 by Harper and Barroso at an EU-Canada summit at the Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto.  The Canada Europe Roundtable for Business has served as a parallel trade process from the inception to the end of the CETA negotiations.