European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk have written a joint letter to United States President-Elect Donald Trump calling on him to continue co-operation over tackling climate change.

During the election campaign, Trump had claimed that climate change was a conspiracy created by China to harm American manufacturers.
Following his surprise win in Tuesday’s poll, environmentalists have expressed concern over whether Trump will remove the US from the Paris Agreement.

Juncker and Tusk invited Trump to meet with them in Europe.

‘Unprecedented challenges’

The letter said: “Today, it is more important than ever to strengthen transatlantic relations.

“Only by cooperating closely can the European Union and the US continue to make a difference when dealing with unprecedented challenges such as Da’esh, the threats to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, climate change and migration.

“Fortunately, the EU-US strategic partnership is broad and deep: from our joint efforts to enhance energy security and address climate change, through EU-US collaboration on facing threats to security in Europe’s eastern and southern neighbourhoods, and to the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership – we should spare no effort to ensure that the ties that bind us remain strong and durable.”

> Read the letter