President Obama was in Brussels on March 26, 2014, for the U.S.-EU Summit, a press conference with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and a speech on transatlantic relations. The joint U.S.-EU summit statementreaffirmed the “strong partnership” between the European Union and the United States, and addressed a number of issues, most notably the crisis in Ukraine.
In his speech at the Palais des Beaux Arts (BOZAR), the President discussed the history shared by the United States and Europe, and how best to preserve the values and ideals that are central to the relationship. “I come here today to insist that we must never take for granted the progress that has been won here in Europe and advanced around the world,” because the contest of ideas continues, President Obama said. “And that’s what’s at stake in Ukraine today.”
The President also met NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and senior Belgian officials and visited a World War I Flanders Field Cemetery.
Remarks, Statements and Fact Sheets
- Off to a Fast and Exciting Start: Ambassador Gardner’s Blog on the Summit and President Obama’s Visit to Brussels
- Press Conference with Council President Van Rompuy and Commission President Barroso (Video)
- U.S.-EU Summit Statement
- President Obama’s BOZAR speech (Video)
- FACT SHEET: U.S.-EU Cooperation
- FACT SHEET: U.S.-EU Economic Ties That Bind
- FACT SHEET: U.S.-EU Cyber Cooperation
- FACT SHEET: U.S.-EU Counterterrorism Cooperation
- FACT SHEET: U.S.-EU Cooperation on Common Security and Defense Policy
- Preview of Europe Trip: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes