: U.S. and European Union agree truce over Boeing and Airbus subsidies, reports say

The 17-year dispute between the U.S. and Europe over airplane subsidies isn’t quite over, but a truce has been reached.

Agence France-Presse and Politico report that the two sides have agreed to a truce over the subsidies given to rival aircraft manufacturers Boeing

and Airbus
Politico reported that the truce will last five years.

The pact is set to be announced during President Joe Biden’s summit with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and is a sign of his desire to improve trans-Atlantic relations after several flare-ups during the Trump administration. It also is a sign of the broader U.S. and European desire to turn their attention toward a common foe, China.

Airbus shares rose 1% in Paris trade and have climbed 27% this year on hopes that the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines will boost travel. Boeing shares edged up 1% in premarket trade and have climbed 15% this year.

The World Trade Organization had let both sides impose tariffs on the other, with the U.S. allowed to add tariffs to $7.5 billion of European Union goods and the EU allowed to add tariffs to $4 billion of U.S. goods. In March, both sides agreed to suspend the levies on items like French wine and U.S. tractors. Tariffs had been suspended in March in order for a deal to be reached.

The two sides have other outstanding trade disputes. The Trump administration imposed tariffs on EU steel and aluminum that have yet to be rolled back. The two sides also are at odds over a range of issues concerning the technology sector, from taxes to competition to privacy.

A senior administration official in the White House said the two sides held constructive talks over aluminum but that a deal will take time.

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