Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Austrian Chancellor and European Council President Wolfgang Schüssel met with US President George W Bush for the yearly EU-US Summit in Vienna.
The EU and the USA committed themselves to strengthen their partnership by working on four strategic areas:
• Promoting peace, human rights and democracy worldwide.
• Confronting global challenges, including security;
• Fostering prosperity and opportunity;
• Promoting strategic co-operation on energy and energy security, climate change and sustainable development.
Agreement was reached on promoting peace and democracy by working with the UN and other bodies, by supporting the newly-formed Human Rights Council and by supporting reform in the Balkans, the Middle East and other parts of the world.
Energy security was discussed both in terms of strengthening EU-US strategic co-operation on energy by co-operating on developing new technologies and diversifying energy sources.
Under economy and trade, leaders discussed ongoing negotiations at the World Trade Organisation and the benefits of open investment regimes. There was also an agreement to begin a high-level dialogue on climate change.
The EU also voiced the issue of extending the US Visa Waiver Programme to all citizens of EU Member States.
President Bush responded to European concerns by stating that he too wished that the Guantanamo Bay detention camp could be closed soon, but that his first concern had to be security.
22 June 2006