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EU underscores desire to settle aircraft subsidy issue with U.S.

WASHINGTON, March 18 (Reuters) - European Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan underscored the European Union’s desire to negotiate a settlement to a dispute with the United States over aircraft subsidies when he spoke with the top U.S. trade official on Monday, an EU spokesman said.

Hogan spoke with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer by phone days before a 50% increase in U.S. duties on EU-built aircraft trade went into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

“The EU had made concrete proposals related to existing subsidies and future disciplines in this sector and the Commission negotiating team will follow up actively with their U.S. counterparts in the coming days,” the spokesman said. (Reporting by Andrea Shalal )

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