Delegation for relations with the United States : EP resolutions

State of EU-US relations, September 2018 

In a resolution on the state of EU-US relations, approved by 490 votes to 148, with 51 abstentions, MEPs stress that the EU-US relationship is the fundamental guarantor for global stability, but regret that the current US administration has chosen a one-sided "America first" policy, that harms the interests of both the EU and the US and undermines mutual trust.

MEPs seek more clarity on whether the transatlantic bond is still relevant for American partners, as, after the election of US President Trump, MEPs find it difficult to understand new approaches taken by the US on global issues and regional conflicts. "Unilateral moves only weaken the transatlantic partnership," the resolution says.

EU-USA Agreement: protection of personal information relating to criminal offenses 

2016/0126(NLE) - 01/12/2016 Text adopted by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading

The European Parliament adopted by 481 votes to 75, with 88 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Agreement between the United States of America and the European Union on the protection of personal information relating to the prevention, investigation, detection, and prosecution of criminal offenses.

In line with the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, the European Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the Agreement.

The Agreement aims at establishing a comprehensive framework of data protection principles and safeguards when personal information is transferred for criminal law enforcement purposes between the United States, on the one hand, and the European Union or its Member States on the other. Its objective is to ensure a high level of data protection.

Recommendations to the EC on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership -TTIP 

2014/2228(INI) - 08/07/2015 Text adopted by Parliament, single reading

The European Parliament adopted by 436 votes to 241, with 32 abstentions, a resolution containing the European Parliaments recommendations to the European Commission on the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Plenary noted that the EU and the US are key strategic partners and that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is the most significant recent EU-US project and should reinvigorate the transatlantic partnership as a whole, beyond its trade aspects.

Extension EC-USA scientific and technological cooperation agreement, March 2014 

The purpose of this resolution is to extend the Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Union and the Government of the United States of America.

This agreement has been in force since October 1998 by Decision 98/591/EC (see CNS/1998/0095) of the Council.

US NSA surveillance programme in Member States and citizens' rights, March 2014 

As the inquiry into NSA spying operations continues, Parliament discusses better data protection at home. 
Time to clean the EU's own house? © European Parliament 
The European Parliament adopted by 544 votes to 78 with 60 abstentions, a resolution on the US NSA surveillance programme, surveillance bodies in various Member States and their impact on EU citizens' fundamental rights and on transatlantic cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs.

Parliament noted that in comparison to actions taken both by EU institutions and by certain EU Member States, the European Parliament had taken very seriously its obligation to shed light on the revelations on the indiscriminate practices of mass surveillance of EU citizens.

It instructed its Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs to conduct an in-depth inquiry into the matter.

Members considered that revelations in the press, together with the expert evidence given during this inquiry, have provided compelling evidence of the existence of far-reaching, complex and highly technologically advanced systems designed to collect, store and analyse communication data.

Beef imports from animals not treated with growth hormones, December 2013 

The European Parliament adopted on 10th December 2013, in Strasbourg, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the signature of a revised Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United States of America.

This MoU concerns the importation of beef from animals not treated with certain growth-promoting hormones and the increased duties applied by the United States to certain products of the European Union.

The European Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the revised Memorandum of Understanding.

Suspension of the SWIFT agreement due to NSA surveillance, October 2013 

Calculator and magnifying glass on Euro banknotes  
Mid-term review of the MFF © European Union (2016) 
The European Parliament adopted by 280 votes to 254, with 30 abstentions a resolution on the suspension of the TFTP agreement as a result of US National Security Agency surveillance.
The resolution was tabled by the S&D, Greens/EFA and ALDE groups.
It asked the Commission to suspend the Agreement on the processing and transfer of Financial Messaging Data from the EU to the US for the purposes of the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP Agreement). Members were seriously concerned about recently revealed documents on the NSA's activities as regards direct access to financial payment messages and related data, which would constitute a clear breach of the Agreement.

Members called for a full on-site technical investigation into allegations that the US authorities have had unauthorised access or created possible back doors in the SWIFT servers.

The Parliament reiterated the need to base any data sharing agreement with the US on a coherent legal data protection framework.

A broader Transatlantic partnership, June 2013 

EU USA flag illustration  
EU-US trans-Atlantic relations - ©BELGA/AFP/G.Gobet © BELGA/AFP/G.Gobet 
The European Parliament issued a resolution on 13 June 2013 on the role of the EU in promoting a broader Transatlantic Partnership (2012/2287(INI))

In this resolution, the Parliament invites Barack Obama to address the European Parliament at its plenary session in Strasbourg during his next visit to Europe.

The resolution stresses that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will represent a significant boost to the EU and US economies. It will reinvigorate the EU-US relationship, and its global impact would go beyond its bilateral implications, by providing common approaches to rules and standards in global trade, investment and trade-related areas.

Among other topics, the resolution also underlines the need for a debate on armed drones and their limits and the need to take steps towards a future international regulation, given the global implications.