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The historic and long-standing relationship between the European Union and the United States is based on shared values and a strong fundamental belief in democratic government, the rule of law, human rights, and the market economy. Learn more about the EU’s partnership with the US and our key areas of cooperation, as well as about signature areas of EU policy.


Key Areas of Cooperation

  • Trade and Investment

    Perhaps the most defining feature of the global economy, the EU-US economic relationship accounts for more than 30 percent of global trade in goods and 40 percent of global trade in services.

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  • EU Delegation to the USA: Cultural Offerings

    The European Union’s Delegation to the United States in Washington, DC, has sponsored, participated in, facilitated, and/or coordinated with EU Member States to develop cultural programs…

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  • Foreign Affairs

    The EU and the US cooperate on a wide range of foreign policy issues, including the Arab Spring, the Middle East Peace Process, non-proliferation, and regional conflicts.

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  • Security and Defense

    See how the EU and the US work together to promote peace and stability around the world, confronting global security challenges like terrorism, weapons proliferation, and transnational crime.

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  • Energy and Environment

    The EU and the US share an interest in promoting open, transparent, competitive and sustainable global energy markets, as well as combating climate change.

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  • Growth and Jobs

    Find out how the EU and the US to work together to foster economic growth and jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Comprehensive introduction to the European Union and the EU-US relationship, developed especially for Americans.

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The EU is about so much more than the economic crisis that has dominated recent headlines. Check out the Delegation’s new infographic on what the EU is, how it works, and more.

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How EU-US Relations Work

The EU and the U.S. meet regularly at presidential summits where leaders discuss issues of cooperation and mutual concern. Learn more about recent summits, and get details on EU-U.S. dialogues among businesses, consumer organizations, and legislators.

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EU-US Facts & Figures

Did you know that EU-US economic relationship accounts for more than 30 percent of global trade in goods and 40 percent in services? Discover more facts, figures and statistics about the transatlantic partnership.

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Policy Areas

In the EU, Member States have relinquished part of their national sovereignty to EU institutions, with many decisions made and final authority residing at the EU level.

For example, only the EU may legislate and adopt legally binding acts regarding the customs union, the common commercial policy, competition rules, and monetary policy for countries that use the euro. The EU also coordinates economic and employment policy and a common foreign and security policy.

The EU shares jurisdiction with Member States in areas including internal market rules; aspects of social policy; economic, social, and territorial cohesion; agriculture and aspects of fisheries; the environment; consumer protection; transport; trans-European networks; energy; freedom, security, and justice; aspects of public health; facets of research and technological development and space; and elements of development cooperation and humanitarian aid.