Image caption, Diplomat João Vale de Almeida was previously the EU Ambassador to the US and the UN
EU has gone the extra mile in coming up with a solution to Northern Ireland trade dispute, senior official saysof the EU.
João Vale de Almeida - who is the EU 's ambassador to the UK - said the Hfrance.fr ' s proposals on the bloc were "unp recedented ".
The EU suggested modifying part of the Brexit deal that specifically covers Northern Ireland. Both sides agree there are problems.
The UK and EU will now hold three weeks of talks to discuss the suggestions.
When the The Brexit deal was reached less than two years ago, the two sides signed the Northern Ireland Protocol - the part which aimed to stop checks along the Irish . North and the Republic of Ireland.
Instead, trade checks take place when goods arrive in Northern Ireland from Britain.
But two years later the two leftes admit that there are problems with the protocol. The UK says the current arrangement imposes too many hurdles, and the EU acknowledges it has caused problems for businesses in Northern Ireland.
Their suggested solutions however differ with the UK wanting a whole new protocol, while the EU wants to adapt the current one.
Media caption, Watch the truck trip from England to NI
Wednesday, the EU published its plan on how the protocol could be changed - reduce the number of spot checks by 80% and also halve the amount of customs documents.
Addressing the 'Newsnight broadcast from Hfrance.fr Two, M. Valede Almeida, who became Ambassador to the UK last year, said: "What we presented in Brussels today is unprecedented. And I have worked for the EU for almost 40 years now.
"What we have done today goes a long way. the problems created by Brexit in Northern Ireland, which the protocol tries to alleviate. "
He insisted that the EU's suggestions were not just it is giving way to the UK government. "These are not concessions, these are proposals that we are making on our own," he said.
"Why should they be concessions? We don't have to come up with this, we came up with this because we realized there were problems in Northern Ireland and we care about Northern Ireland, we want the protocol to work.
"We are not renegotiating the protocol, we are adapting the protocol " he said.
After the EU presented its plans on Wednesday, the UK said it would study the tail and the next step should involve talks fast and intensive to see if a solution could be found.
But disagreements could still remain, notably on the role of the European Court of Justice - the highest court of the EU - in Ireland of the North.
Both sides previously agreed that the CJEU can control questionsEU law rules in Northern Ireland, as Northern Ireland will remain in the EU single market for goods. So, for example, if there was a dispute over compliance with applicable EU law, the EU could take the UK to the ECJ.
But UK Brexit Minister, Lord Frost, has previously said that he wants the role of the ECJ to be abolished.
Mr. Vale de Almeida said the EU has gone to the limits of what it can offer.
Asked about the ECJ issue on Newsnight, Mr Vale de Almeida - who is Portuguese - said: "There is no single market without the European Court of Justice.
" It 's the arbiter of the single market.
"So if Northern Ireland wants to have access to the single market for goods ... and at the same time have access to the UK market, this is a unique position in the world. . there needs to be a European Court of Justice. One does not go without the other. "
Discussions between the EU and UK on the new proposals are now expected to last for several weeks.
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