guarantees from Access to the American market and subsidies for batteries manufactured in Europe. And the joint effort for a Agreement on the raw materials needed for the ecological transition.
At least I am two commitments EU Commission President von der Leyen snatched from the USA after the talks with American President Biden in the White House. A meeting that focused mainly on trade relations. Even if the face-to-face between the two heads of the executive also touches on thatUkraine, sanctions against Russia and independence from China.
BIDENS COMMITMENTS TO PUBLIC SUBSIDIES
This is the most delicate and complex dossier between Europe and the United StatesAnti-Inflation Act American: The federal government’s maxi-funding plan for the ecological transition, already in force. That’s roughly $370 billion in subsidies and tax incentives for families and businesses. Which, however, fundamentally excludes European companies. “Positive plan,” says von der Leyen, “but we have to unite for climate change.” So here are the “guarantees” that von der Leyen says he received from Biden that batteries made in Europe should also be included in the subsidies provided for in the plan. Von der Leyen also spoke of “important steps to begin work on reaching an agreement on critical issues to ensure safe supply chains.” The United States and European Union have committed by October this year in connection with the grant the production of low-emission metals to reach an agreement both globally and bilaterally on sustainable aluminum, which involves minerals such as lithium, nickel or silicon essential for green technologies such as photovoltaic systems.
MORE INDEPENDENCE FROM CHINA
The goal of the United States for months has been to free American manufacturing from Chinese supplies as much as possible, especially in the high-tech areas. For this reason, President Biden valued the case cited by von der Leyen in the Oval Office. of the Netherlands, which decided to block the export of microchip manufacturing technologies to Beijing. Not only. US intelligence believes China is supplying Russia with military technology to aid the war effort in Ukraine. In the past few days, surveys have been conducted among the G7 governments on possible sanctions against Chinese companies.
SUPPORT FOR Kyiv
The talks also served to consolidate the Atlantic alliance in an anti-Russian tone more than a year after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “The support for Kiev will continue as long as necessary,” assured von der Leyen. He also spoke of the sanctions against Russia: “Now it’s about preventing Moscow from circumventing them.”