The mandate consists of a decision authorising the opening of talks and directives for the negotiation of the agreement. The Commission will negotiate on behalf of the EU, in consultation with a Council committee. The agreement will be concluded by the Council with the consent of the European Parliament.
"An agreement with the US will greatly facilitate trade in reinsurance and related activities", said Jānis Reirs, Minister for Finance of Latvia and president of the Council. "It will enable us for instance to recognise each others prudential rules and help supervisors exchange information."
The decision was adopted without discussion at a meeting of the General Affairs Council.