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Everything on the table in US-EU free trade deal: US

Published on Feb 14, 2013 6:01 AM
 European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso gestures as he addresses a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels February 13, 2013. The European Union and the United States should be able to start free trade negotiations by the end of June, Barroso said on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Everything will be on the table when US and EU negotiators restart talks on ambitious transatlantic free-trade deal with a new wind in their sales, Washington's top trade negotiator said on Wednesday.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would create the world's largest free trade area, liberalize investment and harmonise regulation, boosting economic growth and jobs, leaders from the two sides said.

US President Barack Obama made a renewed commitment to the talks one of the centerpieces of his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday, and diplomats said the first stage of a deal could be completed by late next year.

On Wednesday, Mr Obama, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso declared their commitment to make the project "as an even stronger driver of our prosperity.

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