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The European Union and the United States – Partners of Choice in a Complex World

26/09/2016 - 20:15

A strong EU-U.S. partnership is crucial to building a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world. Together, the European Union and the United States represent just under 12 percent of the world’s population, but account for almost half of global GDP, and provide more than three-quarters of official development assistance worldwide.

The transatlantic partnership has prospered for more than six decades, constructed on a solid foundation of common values, including a commitment to the rule of law, the democratic process, free enterprise, respect for human rights, and alleviating poverty. These shared values, combined with the deeply interdependent and interconnected transatlantic economy and the trust and confidence built up over more than half a century of collaboration, make the EU and the U.S. natural partners for tackling global challenges.

The economic and commercial aspects of the relationship between the United States and the European Union are among the most defining features of the global economy, and the partnership is the single most important driver of global economic growth, trade, and prosperity. But the relationship is not defined solely by trade and economic ties. The transatlantic partners also work together to promote peace, democracy, stability, and sustainable development around the world. Every day, the EU and the U.S. work sideby-side to help stabilize fragile states, end nuclear proliferation, fight terrorism and international crime, combat the threat of climate change, pursue energy independence, and eradicate deadly diseases.

EU-U.S. collaboration across sectors and policies is commonplace. Security officials on both sides of the Atlantic cooperate to keep citizens safe from terrorism, cyberattacks, and organized crime. Air travel is safer, cheaper, and more convenient than ever before, thanks to EU-U.S. aviation accords that have liberalized the transatlantic aviation market by removing restrictions on routes, prices, and numbers of flights; and strengthened the cooperative framework in regulatory areas, including safety, security, and the environment. Bilateral agreements and dialogues cover numerous sectors.

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