(Above, U.S. President Joe Biden, center, poses with President Ursula von der Leyen, left, and President Charles Michel)
On June 15, 2021, the European Union and the United States held a summit in Brussels. The EU was represented by President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and President of the European Council Charles Michel. The United States was represented by President Joe Biden.
The leaders addressed a wide range of issues of common concern, including COVID-19, climate, trade and investment, technology, foreign affairs, and common values.
On 10 and 11 December 2020, the European Council held a discussion on EU-U.S. relations. In their conclusions, the leaders highlighted the importance of a strong strategic transatlantic partnership based on common interests and shared values.
On 25 March 2021, President Biden joined EU leaders during a video conference of the members of the European Council.
On 7 December 2020, following the U.S. elections, the Council discussed on the basis of a joint communication how to reinvigorate the strategic partnership with the United States. In this context the Council adopted conclusions on EU-US relations.
On 22 February, the Foreign Affairs Council exchanged views, via video conference, with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the substantive agenda for EU-U.S. cooperation on key global, foreign and security policy issues.
On 10 May, the Foreign Affairs Council discussed priorities for the engagement with the U.S. administration, and exchanged views with the US Special Presidential Envoy on Climate John Kerry.
On 20 May, the Foreign Affairs Council discussed EU-U.S. trade relations and held an informal exchange of views with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai.