Delegation of the European Union 
to the United States

The EU and the United States

06/09/2017 - 09:13
EU relations with Country

A strong EU-U.S. partnership is crucial to building a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world.

The EU-U.S. partnership has prospered for more than six decades, constructed on a foundation of shared common values, including a commitment to the rule of law, the democratic process, free enterprise, human rights, and alleviating poverty. These values, combined with our deep economic ties and high levels of trust built over more than half a century, make the EU and the United States natural partners for tackling today’s global challenges.

Shared Values, Peace, and Stability

The EU and United States share a global responsibility to promote common values, including democracy, peace, freedom, and the rule of law; support and protect human rights around the world; create conditions for harmonious economic development worldwide; strengthen the rules-based international system; and improve the economies of developing countries and those in transition.
The United States is the EU’s foremost strategic partner in promoting peace and stability around the world. Together, we are the two largest donors of humanitarian aid and development assistance worldwide. Every day, we work together to confront global security challenges like terrorism, violent extremism, nuclear weapons proliferation, and transnational crime. The EU and United States have close military-to-military cooperation, notably in Africa, and work closely on non-proliferation and disarmament, as well as on cyber issues.

Deep Economic Ties

The EU-U.S. economic partnership is the single most important driver of global economic growth, trade, and prosperity. The EU and United States together account for 42 percent of both global GDP and global trade in goods and services. The EU and the United States are each other’s main trading partners and account for the largest bilateral trade relationship in the world. We are each other’s largest investors and investment markets of first choice. Transatlantic investment alone creates 6 million jobs in the transatlantic economy, with millions more created by export and in ancillary sectors.


Climate, Energy, and Science

The EU and United States share today’s urgency for addressing the global climate crisis. Through obligation to the Paris Agreement, open diplomatic channels, and a commitment to science, the EU and United States agree on the need for open, transparent, competitive, and sustainable solutions for a greener future. Collaboration in the fields of science, technology, and research regularly unite the EU and United States to the benefit of the academic, business, and civil society communities on both sides of the Atlantic.