Delegation for relations with the United States : EU texts

The Transatlantic Declaration and New Transatlantic Agenda 

The Transatlantic Declaration (TAD) was adopted on 23 November 1990 at a summit meeting of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) in Paris. Signed by US President George Bush, Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti of Italy and European Commission President Jacques Delors, the Declaration established a framework for transatlantic discussions.

While the description of specific points of cooperation was limited to four general points (economic cooperation; education, scientific and cultural cooperation; trans-national challenges; and institutional framework for cooperation) the Declaration contained a broad and ambitious commitment to aligning the two partners' positions:

"To achieve their common goals, the European Community and its Member States and the United States of America will inform and consult each other on important matters of common interest, both political and economic, with a view to bringing their positions as close as possible, without prejudice to their respective independence. In appropriate international bodies, in particular, they will seek close cooperation."

Five years later, on 3 December 1995, the New Transatlantic Agenda (NTA) was signed the EU-US Biannual Summit in Madrid by US President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Felipe González of Spain and President Jacques Santer of the European Commission. Complementing the Declaration, the Agenda named four areas of cooperation:
  • promoting peace and stability, democracy and development around the world;
  • responding to global challenges;
  • contributing to the expansion of world trade and closer economic relations;
  • building bridges across the Atlantic.
Separately the Agenda highlighted the importance of parliamentary exchanges:

"We attach great importance to enhanced parliamentary links. We will consult parliamentary leaders on both sides of the Atlantic regarding consultative mechanisms, including those building on existing institutions, to discuss matters related to our transatlantic partnership."