European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen discussed her vision for a new transatlantic agenda, and prospects for cooperation between the European Union and the United States, at a virtual event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations on November 20, 2020.
The discussion was moderated by David M. Rubenstein, Cofounder and Co–executive Chairman, The Carlyle Group; and Chairman, Board of Directors, Council on Foreign Relations.
President von der Leyen said that "President-elect Joe Biden is a committed transatlanticist. He deeply understands the importance of European integration for both sides of the Atlantic. We will have a friend in the White House."
She said, however, that "time has changed, and so have we. There has been impetus for Europe to make itself stronger (trade, climate, tech, defense...). So let’s look forward rather than where we were four years ago."
She then laid out how a new transatlantic agenda could look like: "we are ready to take the initiative. We propose four core elements:
1. Overcoming the global pandemic
2️. Protecting our climate/environment
3️. Shaping digital/tech governance
4️. Upgrading global institutions”