EU and US Legislators set directions for joint work on trade, energy and defence
Members of the European Parliament and the US Congress met in Riga on 27-28 June and agreed on stronger involvement of legislators in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), also calling for an ambitious, balanced and comprehensive agreement. They further called for an energy chapter to be included in the negotiations, so that energy supplies of LNG gas and oil can be secured. On defence, they agreed to cooperate closely on the fight against ISIS and other international threats and to firmly oppose Russia's aggression in Ukraine. They also visited troops stationed in Ādaži where domestic forces conduct exercises with US troops from the 503rd Infantry Regiment under NATO Operation Atlantic Resolve. The next meeting is planned for November 2015 in Washington DC. See below the text of the Joint Statement and video image from the meeting:
The interparliamentary relationship between the European Parliament and the United States Congress is the longest and most intensive in the history of the European Parliament, and dates back to 1972.
The two delegations meet regularly twice a year, in Europe and the US. When these meetings are held in the European Union (EU) they usually take place in the capital of the country holding the EU presidency.
In 1999, both delegations decided to launch the Transatlantic Legislators’ Dialogue (TLD) in response to the call in the New Transatlantic Agenda for enhanced parliamentary ties. Subsequently, TLD activities expanded in order to include videoconferences, special working groups on subjects of particular interest, as well as a facilitating role for direct exchanges between legislative committees of the European Parliament and the US Congress.
TLD representatives are also part of the "advisory group" instituted within the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC), launched by the EU and the US in April 2007. Since 2012 however, attention has shifted towards the negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), launched in June 2013.
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