WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. trade official says he hopes negotiations on a free trade deal with Europe will drive growth-oriented changes in the European economy.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said Tuesday he hopes newly launched talks on a Trans-Atlantic trade deal will eliminate unnecessary barriers to trade, including tariffs and regulatory obstacles.

Froman told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington that Europe shouldn't rely too heavily on exports to the U.S. as a way out of its current problems.