Charles Michel proposes ‘A new founding pact’ with US

He will address Munich security conference Friday evening after taking part at G7 leaders’ video conference

Photo: EU Charles Michel.

On Friday, President of the European Council Charles Michel will deliver a speech by video conference at a special edition of this global security event, focusing on the renewal of the transatlantic partnership and its role in the economic recovery following the pandemic. 

The conference will also be attended by a number of high-profile guests, including US President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

It is likely Michel to refer to his earlier proposal to put cooperation between the EU and the US on a new footing. On the day of President Biden’s inauguration, he proposed rejuvenating and consolidating the transatlantic partnership by creating a new founding pact based on common fundamental values.

“On the first day of his mandate, I address a solemn proposal to the new US President: let’s build a new founding pact. For a stronger Europe. For a stronger America. For a better world,” EUCO President Charles Michel, said on the inauguration of the new President of the United States on 20 January.

At an Atlantic Council Front Page online event on 10 February, Michel highlighted EU strategic autonomy as being a key component of renewed transatlantic relations. He stressed the point that if both partners are strong and robust, their cooperation and international influence will be enhanced.

Earlier on Friday afternoon, President Michel will represent the EU, together with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, at a video conference of G7 leaders.

The leaders are expected to state their determination to work together on the health response to Covid-19 and on recovery efforts, and to explore the scope for an international treaty on pandemics. The video conference will prepare the ground for a G7 leaders’ summit to be held in Cornwall, UK, in June.


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