The European Commission called on US President Joe Biden on Wednesday, in cooperation between the European Union and the United States, to move from “good intentions” to “concrete action” at their meeting next week.
Shortly after the US President embarked on his European tour, which will take him to the UK, to the summit of NATO heads of state and government and to the summit with the EU in Brussels, the Commission’s Vice-Economic President, Vladis Dombrosvkis, has made a move from “good intentions” to “concrete actions”.
“We have the largest trade relationship in the world, but the association goes beyond the economic, we have common values and we promote democracy in the world,” he said in a speech to the European Parliament. “If the EU and the US speak with their own voices, things will continue and after a year of turmoil the atmosphere has turned for the better,” said the Latvian politician.
In this regard, he has assured that he expects Washington to renew its leadership role on issues such as the fight against the pandemic, post-crisis economic recovery, digital transformation and climate policy, as well as a fundamental role in reforming international organizations such as the World Trade Organization ( WTO).
Biden’s visit next week marks the beginning of a new era in transatlantic relations, a journey the EU is taking to leave behind the discrepancies that marked Donald Trump’s time in the White House.
The trip to Europe is intended to realize “America’s Renewed Commitment” to its allies and partners. His arrival at the White House sparked expectations in Brussels of the possibility of re-establishing relations and the re-establishment of multilateral order, while it remains to be seen what concrete steps will be taken to ease trade and digital tensions.