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EU & U.S. – The Essential Partnership

We wish the United States a happy 237th birthday, as Americans celebrate Independence Day on July 4.

From its start, the United States was among the EU’s staunchest proponents, and on August 11, 1952, the U.S. became the first non-member country to provide international recognition to the European Coal and Steel Community, the precursor to today’s EU.

A strong EU-U.S. partnership is crucial to building a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world. The European Union and the United States jointly represent just 12 percent of the world’s population, but even during the current economic and financial crisis they account for almost half of global GDP and provide around 80 percent of official development assistance worldwide.

The transatlantic relationship is built on shared values and a strong commitment by both partners to democracy, the rule of law, and respect for human rights.
Such common values, combined with the deeply interdependent transatlantic economy and the trust and confidence built up over more than half a century of collaboration, make the EU and the U.S. natural partners for tackling global issues.

The economic and commercial aspects of the relationship between the United States and the European Union are perhaps the most defining features of the global economy, but EU-U.S. relations are not limited to trade and economic ties. The transatlantic partners also work together to promote peace, democracy, and sustainable development around the world, and craft joint responses to challenges like terrorism, international crime, climate change, disease, and poverty.

The EU and the U.S. cooperate on a wide range of foreign policy issues, including the Arab awakening, the Middle East Peace Process, non-proliferation, and regional conflicts.

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