Thursday, December 3, 2020

EU proposes plan to improve ties with US -

The European Union (EU) unveiled on Wednesday a comprehensive plan to improve its partnership with the United States, which the bloc believes has been severely damaged under the current U.S. administration.

The plan, named "A new EU-U.S. agenda for global change," was proposed by the EU's executive arm, the European Commission, along with Josep Borrell, the EU's high representative for foreign affairs and security policy.

"With a change of administration in the U.S., a more assertive Europe and the need to design a post-corona world, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to design a new transatlantic agenda for global cooperation," the document said.

The proposal includes cross-the-board plans covering a joint battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change combat, solutions to trade disputes, an agreement on digital taxation and closer geopolitical partnership, among others.

It also includes an idea to establish a new EU-U.S. Trade and Technology Council, which the EU said would help facilitate trade.

"At the core of this agenda is a united, capable and self-reliant European Union, which is good for Europe, good for the transatlantic partnership and for the multilateral system," Borrell told a press conference on Wednesday.

Answering a question about the purpose of the proposal, Borrell said EU-U.S. cooperation would not mean an exclusion of China in the field.

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