EU has great expectations of Biden

European Parliament

The European Union has “great expectations” of a new U.S. president and hopes the United States will re-engage in multilateral trade talks according to EU officials who spoke on Monday.

The European Union ministers responsible for trade were meeting by video conference on Monday.

EU trade chief Valdis Dombrovskis said the European Commission, which coordinates trade policy for the 27 EU member states, had made some informal contacts with Team Biden.

“So some first contacts have been made, among other things also to discuss trade issues,” he said.

Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden knew Germany well and added that it was crucial to keep working on the relationship between the United States and Germany. Merkel said the partners needed to work together to tackle issues such as the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and terrorism.

Merkel’s speech on Monday marks the chancellor’s first extended reaction to the results of the US election after she offered her congratulations to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris this weekend. Merkel said that the friendship of the two countries has stood the test of time.