The Secretary of State stressed that close cooperation and creative thinking are still the foundations of a lasting peace.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has sent congratulations to the Governments and peoples of European countries on Monday’s Europe Day. He stressed that “over the past decades, the partnership between the U.S. and the EU has become deeper and stronger, covering the entire spectrum of regional and global problems that we face together.”

Blinken recalled that the idea of French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman, which was embodied 30 years ago in the signing of the Treaty on the European Union, was that “closer cooperation and creative thinking can lead to lasting peace in Europe and around the world. The same spirit continues to inspire cooperation both within the EU and on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.”

“Today’s U.S.–EU relationship is a promising partnership that seeks not only to respond to the crises we face, but also to create opportunities for the future,” Blinken said. – From working to end the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic to solving the climate crisis, from strengthening our cooperation in technology and the digital economy to upholding human rights and democracy within our own borders and around the world, the U.S. and the EU are working together more closely than ever to make the world safer and more sustainable a place where all people can live in dignity and freedom.”

Blinken also stressed that “the brutal and unjustified war of the Russian government against Ukraine has more than ever clearly demonstrated the urgent need to promote and protect the values and ideals that represent the EU and the U.S.-EU relations.”

“The dream of a whole, free and peaceful Europe continues to motivate those who in Europe and beyond are working to create a safer, more just and more prosperous world,” the Foreign Minister concluded.