Europe welcomes America

Transatlantic relations take centre stage in Brussels with EU-Canada and EU-US summits

The EU will host on Monday and Tuesday summits with its two transatlantic partners - Canada and the US, the EU press service reported. The summits come after G-7 summit in the UK during the weekend and NATO summit on Monday.

On 14 June evening Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Council President Charles Michel, accompanied by VP Josep Borrell will meet with the Canada PM Justin Trudeau. The leaders are expected to reaffirm their shared commitment to the EU-Canada strategic partnership.

They will also discuss the response to the coronavirus pandemic, in particular ensuring global access to vaccines, cooperation towards a sustainable recovery, and efforts to reinforce the World Health Organisation including through strengthening pandemic preparedness.

Cooperation on climate action ahead of the UN COP26 on climate, COP15 on biodiversity and the UN Ocean Conference will be discussed as well. Trade, technology and innovation will also be on the agenda, with particular emphasis on reaping the full benefits of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), reform of the World Trade Organisation, and cooperation in the digital transition, research, space and critical raw materials. The leaders will also discuss key foreign policy issues. 

On Tuesday President von der Leyen, President Michel and PM Trudeau will hold a joint press conference. Later that day, Von der Leyen and Michel, joined by Executive VPs Margrethe Vestager and Valdis Dombrovskis and VP Borrell, will receive the US President Joe Biden for the first EU-US summit under the new leaderships.

In light of the European Commission and High Representative's proposal for a new EU-US agenda for global change, the leaders are expected to discuss a wide range of issues including the coronavirus response and sustainable recovery and climate action. They will also review EU-US trade and investment relations, both on the bilateral level and multilaterally within the WTO, as well as cooperation on technology and the digital transition.

Leaders will also address a range of foreign and security policy challenges and opportunities, including relations with China and Russia, and the need to promote democracy and human rights worldwide. Dombrovskis will meet in the context of the summit with the US Trade Representative, Katherine Tai, to further deepen transatlantic trade ties and make progress on key files of common interest.

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