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EU-US partnership at a glance

 

The first meeting of the US Secretary of State and the foreign ministers of the twelve Member States of the European Community took place in May 1990. In the same year, on 22 November 1990, the European Community and its twelve Member States concluded with the USA the Transatlantic Declaration. The purpose of this declaration was to enhance mutual cooperation and dialogue. It also laid the foundations for a formalised transatlantic dialogue.

The New Transatlantic Agenda

From a historical perspective, the Transatlantic Declaration is a key document. The barely three-page declaration did not provide a sufficient basis for the long term, however. At the EU-US Summit on 3 December 1995 in Madrid, a new document was therefore agreed. European Commission President Santer, Spanish Prime Minister González as President of the European Council and US President Clinton signed the New Transatlantic Agenda (NTA). It was designed to provide a new framework for the transatlantic partnership and to lend a new quality to the relationship.

More on the New Transatlantic Agenda

The comprehensive Joint EU-US Action Plan accompanying the New Transatlantic Agenda lists no fewer than 150 specific actions for implementing the common goals. In keeping with the goal of building bridges across the Atlantic, a number of dialogues were initiated (TABD - Transatlantic Business Dialogue, 1995; TLD - Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue, 1995; TACD - Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue, 1998; TAED - Transatlantic Environment Dialogue, 1999-2001).

The NTA and the Joint Action Plan have proved to be a stable basis on which to expand EU-US relations.

Transatlantic Economic Partnership

The EU-US Summit of 18 May 1998 decided a new initiative in the economic field: the Transatlantic Economic Partnership. The aim of this initiative, building on the transatlantic Action Plan, was enhanced bilateral and multilateral cooperation and joint measures in the field of trade and investment. The Transatlantic Economic Partnership thus spans both the development of the world trade system and the deepening of EU-US economic relations.

EU-US relations have also been consolidated over the years by a substantial number of agreements and joint declarations.

More on the EU-US dialogues

 

Date: 09.06.2006