US and EU Leaders Convene for Top-Level Strategic Summit
The annual EU-U.S. Summit took place November 28 in Washington. The President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, met with President of the United States, Barack Obama to discuss a broad set of transatlantic issues. Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, as well as the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton also participated in the series of meetings.
Calling the round of meetings a "strategy session for the best way forward," Amb. Kennard emphasized the importance of the talks between the two powers as having both bilateral and global significance. Amb. Almeida similarly described the two powers as one anothers’ "best friends and best customers."
The leaders requested the creation of a High-Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth from the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC), a body of senior-level decision-makers that works for coordination in transtatlantic economic policy. The TEC is currently chaired by U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht.
- US President Barack Obama greets EU Ambassador João Vale de Almeida before the meeting at the White House in Washington. (photo by Yuri Gripas)
Both Ambassadors expressed their mutual commitment in coordinating responses to current global challenges, including the re-establishment of financial stability within the Euro currency zone, the decisions made at this month’s G20 Summit in Cannes, France, the climate initiatives to be discussed in Durban and through the Major Economies Forum, assisting with democratic progress in the ongoing political developments in Arab Spring countries, and data sharing agreements, among others.
As a European Union member state and current president of the G20, France warmly congratulates the representatives of the European Union and the United States for their sustained and coordinated responses to these diverse and difficult issues and reaffirms its full support of its European and American partners.
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