The EU's trade chief appeared in Brussels .....
For an announcement that - 'though not high drama - does carry high stakes in trade and tariff discussions with the US.
"This morning the Commission agreed two proposals for trade negotiations with the United States and we have transmitted them to Council for approval. One of them is for an agreement to eliminate tariffs on industrial goods. The other one is for an agreement on conformity assessment."
The announcement sets Brussels on a possible collision course with Washington ....
Malmstrom outlining what areas would be included in talks, and what areas not.
In all, the EU's proposals fall far short of a wish list set out by Donald Trump's administration a week ago.
That's when Malmstrom met her US counterpart in Washington.
Most notably, agriculture is missing - a signal that the EU will not remove duties on farm products.
Though one key area of dispute over which the US has threatened to impose tariffs - cars - is.
"We are prepared to put our vehicles tariffs on the negotiating tables as part of a broader agreement if the U.S. agree to work together towards zero tariffs for all industrial goods. If they are sensitive, individual products here like pickups, I'm sure that negotiators can find a solution."
The US Department for Trade is expected to publish next month its report on whether car imports are to be considered a threat to US national security.
EU/US trade tensions erupted when the Trump administration imposed extra tariffs on steel and aluminium based on a similar report.