As the United States prepares to move from Trump to Biden, another transition is underway: that of how the EU and the US will work together to relaunch their battered relations. A draft presented by the Commission explains how it is planned to revitalize that partnership, burying the tensions of the Trump era and prioritizing collaboration. The document emphasizes 5 areas:
- Fighting the coronavirus
- The momentum of economic recovery
- Climate change
- Maintaining multilateralism and shared values
- The promotion of peace and security
Susan Danger, Executive Director US Chamber of Commerce in the EU
According to Susan Danger, Executive Director of the US Chamber of Commerce in the EU, “Brussels welcomes the publication of this report with great enthusiasm.” To which he adds: “We, as the United States Chamber of Commerce in the EU, are also happy. We have long asked for a closer relationship, because without a doubt there have been difficult times in the last four years and therefore this step is appreciated. I would also like to underline the importance of the transatlantic relationship, which is why we are so excited about this as it creates jobs, prosperity, growth and provides security on both sides of the Atlantic. “
Differences persist, both in trade and in the role played by the big tech giants, and especially in data protection and taxation. Also, there is likely to be a new focus on China.
“The Biden administration will pay much more attention to a set of issues that the Trump administration was not interested in, such as human rights, for example, compared to other issues. So there is a lot that they can do collaboratively and I think that They are trying to lay the groundwork to be productive. This does not necessarily mean that US policy towards China will be softer, it is even expected to continue to get tougher. The question is whether Europe and the United States will agree. on these issues “, analyzes Ian Lesser, Vice President of the German Marshall Fund.
The draft of this 11-page document aims to move forward but also go back to times when the transatlantic relationship was strongest. Leaders will decide whether to approve this document at next week’s meeting.