EU trade ministers finally thrashed out a deal Friday on how to negotiate for a free trade deal with the United States, after meeting a French demand to exclude the key audiovisual sector.
French Trade Minister Nicole Bricq (2ndL) talks with Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton at the Kirchberg conference centre in Luxembourg, June 14, 2013. The European Union thrashed out a compromise Friday on how to negotiate the world's biggest free trade deal with the United States, easing France's fears its prized 'cultural exception' could be bargained away.
After some 13 hours of talks, ministers had reached what one EU source described as a "not in, not out" formula.
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