The European Union and China could remove some low-threshold trade barriers during a meeting in June if the upcoming summit goes well, the chair of the European Parliament’s International Trade committee (INTA) Bernd Lange said today.

“We might be able to facilitate a dialogue in June with prospects of low-threshold removal of trade barriers,” Lange said during a press briefing, arguing that this could pave the way for more cooperation between Beijing and Brussels.

This could, for example, take the form of removing some customs formalities, he said, or adapting some industrial product standards. The dialogue could take place between EU trade chief Valdis Dombrovskis and his Chinese counterparts, according to Lange.

For this to happen, however, the Chinese government would have to lift its sanctions on EU officials and MEPs, he said. Several European lawmakers have been sanctioned by China in a tit-for-tat response to punitive measures the EU imposed over alleged human rights breaches in the western region of Xinjiang.

The EU and China are expected to discuss the Ukraine crisis and China’s stance towards Russia at a high-level meeting on Friday.