EU invites Joe Biden to an in-person summit with the U.S.
Brussels, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) President of the European Council Charles Michel invited today U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden to an in-person summit during the first half of 2021.
We will hold two meetings, one virtual and the other one in person, sources of the European Union (EU) reported on the day ambassadors of the 27 countries are meeting to discuss the future of relations with Washington.
If they materialize, the meetings will be held under Portugal's rotating six-monthly presidency (which will suceed Germany on Jan.1).
This in-person meeting is intended to coincide with Biden's visit to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
The meeting on Monday of the representatives of the member states of this bloc is a preparation for the Council meeting due for Dec. 10-11, which will assess reinforcement of the cooperation with the U.S.
Some of the topics to be discussed are the Covid-19 pandemic, economic recovery, the fight against climate change and the reinforcement of multilateralism.
Michel and President of the European Council Ursula von der Leyen congratulated Biden a week ago on the phone. They did it separately.
I proposed to Biden to participate in a special meeting with EU leaders next year in Brussels to address shared priorities, Michel said then.
Community sources commented on Monday that the EU wants to leverage the triumph of the Democrat for the establishment of a bilateral cooperation on common challenges such as the pandemic caused the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, climate change and commercial disputes between both of them.
Although it does not mention it directly in a document circulated to outline the rapprochement, Brussels and Washington imposed each other tariff sanctions for illegal help to Airbus and Boeing aircrafts manufacturers.
The European Commission imposed last month tariffs worth 3.36 billion Euros on U.S. imports of several Boeing aircrafts, agricultural products, and industrial assets.
Previously, the current Trump administration imposed tarifs worth 7.5 billion euros last year on products such as olive oil, table olives, and wine.
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