High-level Contacts: The US-EU Summits

The US-EU Summits are biannual meetings where top American and European leadership gather to discuss common challenges, as well as opportunities for cooperation. They were established as a result of the November 1990 Transatlantic Declaration, which was the first formalization of contacts between the US and the EU (then called the European Community).

In the past, these summits brought together the President of the US, the President of the European Commission, the Head of State or Government of the EU member state holding the rotating EU Presidency, and the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the Council of the EU. With the EU’s Lisbon Treaty now in effect, however, future EU Summits will likely involve the permanent President of the Council (currently Herman Van Rompuy) and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (currently Catherine Ashton).

The most recent summit took place on 3-4 November 2009 in Washington, DC. For more information on that summit, click here. The previous summit was held in Prague, Czech Republic on 5 April 2009, immediately after the G20 Summit in London and the NATO Summit in France and Germany. For more information on that summit, click here.

For information on past US-EU Summits (1997-2009), click here.

For additional information on past US-EU Summits (1997-2007), click here.