EU and US leaders met on Monday 28 November in Washington for their yearly summit. The EU was represented by the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, assisted by High Representative Catherine Ashton. Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht also attended.
The US was represented by President Barack Obama assisted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Issues featuring on the agenda this year included major global challenges such as how to secure a sustainable economic recovery, climate change and energy, development and also a range of foreign policy issues such as the Arab Spring, regional issues (Syria, the Middle East Peace Process, Iran and Afghanistan) and the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood. The Leaders agreed to give new impetus to the work of the Transatlantic Economic Council, and to continue and intensify work on energy security and research in the EU-US Energy Council . The results of the EU-US Working group/task force on cyber security were also discussed.
Pre-summit press releases:
|from left to right: Herman Van Rompuy, Barack Obama and José Manuel Barroso|