On June 14, 2023, the European Commission proposed negotiating directives for a critical minerals agreement with the United States, intending to promote a partnership between the US and the European Union as allies in the global race to net zero and to strengthen their respective critical mineral supply chains. Back in early March, US President Biden met with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and they issued a joint statement announcing that they would commence discussions about an EU-US Critical Minerals Agreement.

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