Sumario: June 15, 2005: EU-US Summit: working together as global partners (Brussels)
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The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, together with the President-in-office of the European Council, Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, will meet US President George W. Bush on 20 June at the EU-US Summit in Washington D.C. President Barroso will be accompanied by Vice-President Günter Verheugen, Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and Trade Commissioner, Peter Mandelson. Other EU participants include Luxembourg Foreign Minister and President of the Council, Jean Asselborn as well as the High Representative for CFSP and Secretary General of the Council, Javier Solana. This Summit comes at a moment when both sides have shown increased commitment to engage with each other, working closely together on the promotion of democracy, on the stabilisation of Iraq and countering new threats. The Summit takes place on the eve of an Iraq International Conference, co-hosted by the EU and the US on 22 June 2005 in Brussels.
In the run up to the summit, the first between the second Bush Administration and the Barroso Commission, President Barroso declared: "I am pleased that since the visit of President Bush to Brussels in February this year EU-US relations have further strengthened. We have cooperated closely in promoting democracy in Ukraine and Lebanon and are preparing an initiative to promote further transatlantic economic growth and integration. I am confident that at the forthcoming Summit in Washington D.C. we will find new ways of working together as global partners, in facing the challenges of today's world ."
Timing and agenda
At the plenary session on 20 June, leaders will discuss the promotion of economic growth and integration, environment and energy issues. During the working lunch they will have an exchange of views on the promotion of democracy, freedom and the rule of law, discuss effective multilateralism including reform of the UN, development and humanitarian assistance and touch upon security issues such as non-proliferation, counterterrorism and transport and border security. The summit will conclude with a press conference in the early afternoon.
It is expected that this summit will launch an initiative to enhance transatlantic economic integration and growth. It is also expected that leaders will adopt joint declarations on the promotion of democracy, on the Middle East, on UN reform, on counter-terrorism and non-proliferation, and on Africa. In addition, the Summit may agree on steps to enhance EU-US cooperation on conflict prevention and crisis response.
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