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EU-US Summit It was a successful reboot of transatlantic relations | Sight

The summit between US President Joe Biden and the leadership of the European Union it was another milestone in the new transatlantic partnership.

Without a doubt, the political will to work alongside the closest allies has returned. The G7 summit in Cornwall and the NATO summit in Brussels he also clearly indicated this. The fact that the American president has chosen Europe for his first trip abroad has already demonstrated his personal commitment and that of his administration to strengthening transatlantic relations.

The United States is taking a cooperative approach with the European Union. This was not always the case. The renewed transatlantic partnership is built on increased commitment, trust and coordination. The talks with the EU have not only been of symbolic importance, but also to take further steps, establish and implement a renewed transatlantic agenda.

This was possible because Biden kept his foreign policy promises from the start. Therefore, many policies of the Trump administration were immediately reversed in essential fields. Since taking office on January 20, several positive steps have been taken. Just to name a few: the significant US funding for the international COVAX facility, the return to the Paris climate agreement, the new commitment to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and the resumption of the EU-US dialogue. Over China.

Both parties are talking to each other and not to each other.

I welcome the decision of both parties to suspend damaging fees related to the Airbus-Boeing dispute for five years. This is a concrete and tangible result of the EU-US Summit. With that decision, severe impacts can be avoided for 149 product categories worth $ 11.5 billion. After almost 17 years of mutual accusations, we can move forward and find lasting solutions.

Unfortunately, not all bilateral transatlantic trade disputes have yet been resolved. US import tariffs on steel and aluminum for questionable national security reasons, divergences in technology policy, and the strong US focus on a “Buy America” ​​policy inhibit the potential to improve economic relations.

The United States is and continues to be our most important political and economic partner. Together our economies represent about 40% of world GDP. We will give our economies a boost in the post-pandemic recovery if all trade-related disputes can be resolved. So let us continue to work together with confidence to address bilateral issues and global challenges.

President Biden’s trip to Europe has also enhanced the transatlantic vision for Russia. Unfortunately, relations between the European Union and the Russian Federation are at a low point. The transatlantic partners share concerns regarding Russia’s deepening authoritarian rule. The NATO communiqué adopted on Monday has shown this once again. The Kremlin’s aggressive actions are a threat to Euro-Atlantic security.

The High Representative of the EU, Josep Borrell and the European Commission have presented a new report on the state of relations with Russia. The leitmotiv is threefold: push back, constrain, and compromise with the Kremlin. Both NATO and the EU are ready to offer an open hand to Moscow. We are ready to continue the dialogue and alleviate the situation. But this requires the Kremlin to show its willingness to work with us and reverse its behavior.

On this basis, the 27 Heads of State and Government will debate this issue at the next European Council on June 24 and 25. Leaders will have to make strategic decisions for the way forward in our Russian policy.

David McAllister is an MEP who currently chairs the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee.

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