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31-05-2013

EU/US Interparliamentary Meeting and TLD Meeting, 31 May-1 June 2013, Dublin

On 31 May and 1 June, Members of the United States House of Representatives and the European Parliament meet in Leinster House, Dublin, to discuss topics of joint American and European interest, in particular economic and financial challenges, transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP), cyber security and foreign policy cooperation. This will be the 74th EU/US Interparliamentary Meeting and Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue Meeting (TLD).

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List of Participants

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs)

Christian EHLER (Chairman) EPP, GERMANY
Elmar BROK, EPP, GERMANY
Danuta HUEBNER, EPP, POLAND
Sean KELLY, EPP, IRELAND
Antolin SANCHEZ PRESEDO, S&D, SPAIN
Libor ROUČEK, S&D, CZECH REPUBLIC
Peter SKINNER, S&D, UNITED KINGDOM
Sarah LUDFORD (vice-chair) ALDE, UNITED KINGDOM
Marietje SCHAAKE, ALDE, THE NETHERLANDS
Karim ZERIBI, GREENS, FRANCE
Susy DE MARTINI, ECR, ITALY
Helmut SCHOLZ, GUE, GERMANY
Nikki TZAVELA (vice-chair) EFD, GREECE

Members of Congress

Mario DIAZ-BALART (FL) Appropriations
Michael TURNER (OH) Armed Services, Oversight and Government Reform
Henry ROBERTO CUELLAR (TX) Member of Appropriations Committee
Bill KEATING (MA) Foreign Affairs (Ranking Member on the Europe Subcommittee) Homeland Security

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Background information

The interparliamentary relationship between the European Parliament and the United States Congress is the longest and most intensive one in the history of the European Parliament, and dates back to 1972 when a US Congress delegation visited the European Parliament for the first time.

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.

At the 50th Interparliamentary meeting on 15-16 January 1999 in Strasbourg, both delegations decided to launch the Transatlantic Legislators’ Dialogue (TLD), the formal response of the EP and the US Congress 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 committee-to-committee 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, on the occasion of the bilateral Summit held in Washington in April 2007.