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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B6-0350/2005
1 June 2005
PE 357.473v01-00
to wind up the debate on statements by the Council and Commission
pursuant to Rule 103(2) of the Rules of Procedure
by Jan Marinus Wiersma and Hannes Swoboda
on behalf of the PSE Group
on Transatlantic Relations

European Parliament resolution on Transatlantic Relations 

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Transatlantic Declaration on EU-US relations of 1990 and the New Transatlantic Agenda of 1995,

–  having regard to its earlier resolutions on transatlantic relations, in particular its resolution of 13 January 2005,

–  having regard to the results of the EU-US Summit held on 25-26 June 2004 in Dublin,

–  having regard to the statements made after the meeting of European Union Heads of State and Government and the President of the United States on 22 February 2005 in Brussels,

–  having regard to the submissions by stakeholders on both sides of the Atlantic contributing ideas on how to further transatlantic economic integration,

–  having regard to the Communication from the Commission of 18 May 2005 on 'A stronger EU-US Partnership and a more open market for the 21st century',

–  having regard to the hearing of the Committee on International Trade on 26 May 2005 concerning transatlantic economic relations,

–  having regard to Rule 103(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas democracy, human rights and the rule of law, sustainable economies and sustainable development have proven to be common values able to form a solid basis for both the transatlantic partnership and European integration, both of which have in their own way contributed to the establishment of stability, peace and prosperity in our societies,

B.  whereas, however, new threats and conflicts challenge those values and achievements in the new international environment to such an extent that solid collaboration between the transatlantic partners is of the greatest importance,

C.   whereas the New Transatlantic Agenda has succeeded in considerably increasing the integration and cohesion of the transatlantic economy but has also proved insufficient to resolve high-level political issues such as decisions regarding the use of force and issues regarding world order,

D.  whereas the transatlantic market is still full of obstacles and barriers, which impair the international competitiveness of both the EU and the US economy; whereas the elimination of unnecessary non-tariff barriers would create additional growth and employment, increase consumers’ choice and foster innovation,

E.   whereas the moment has therefore arrived for the New Transatlantic Agenda of December 1995 to be urgently revised in order to take account of current realities and further deepen transatlantic relations on the clear assumption that working together brings more benefits to each partner than working in different, or indeed opposite, directions,

F.   whereas in several policy areas, such as those relating to the International Criminal Court and the Kyoto Climate Change Protocol, fundamental differences in analysis, diagnosis and policy approach exist between the EU and the US,

G.   whereas the persistent situation at Guantánamo Bay is creating tensions in transatlantic relations, since the EU cannot accept these legal and judicial irregularities, which undermine the most fundamental values of the rule of law,

H.  whereas the fight against terrorism can be successful only if the action is carried out through a strengthened transatlantic partnership which also pays full attention to the causes of terrorism and to sincere respect for upholding the founding values upon which the partnership has been built,

I.   whereas the current situation in the Middle East calls for an urgent joint initiative in the region aimed at full implementation of the Road Map and the reaching of a final and comprehensive settlement,

1.   Stresses that during the Transatlantic Summit Meeting of 20 June 2005 in Washington new impetus should be given to transatlantic relations by the updating of the New Transatlantic Agenda and its replacement with a Transatlantic Partnership Agreement operational from 2007;

2.   Takes the view that this Transatlantic Partnership Agreement should expand the existing Agenda in both the political and economic fields, on the understanding that the partnership should primarily remain political engagement; considers that, as regards the economic relationship, the remaining barriers to transatlantic trade and investment should be identified, and a route map should be developed which outlines the course of action to strengthen the Transatlantic Market by prioritising areas of action, accompanied by the establishment of an area-specific regulatory dialogue to assist the process;

3.   Notes the adoption of the Reinsurance Directive which creates a single market for regulations and supervision; calls upon the USA to end its discrimination against European companies through the imposition of costly collateral requirements which distort competition in favour of US companies;

4.   Welcomes in this respect the Commission's communication, which proposes useful improvements in areas such as regulatory policy cooperation, investment facilitation, competition policy and enforcement, government procurement, aviation, maritime transport, financial markets, free movement of persons and mutual recognition of professional qualifications, as well as new technologies, intellectual property, research and development, energy, education, and customs cooperation; welcomes the suggestion concerning the creation - whilst fully respecting the different parliamentary procedures - as a further channel of communication and negotiation, of a 'high level Regulatory Cooperation Forum';

5.   Calls in this framework on the US to assume its shared responsibility for economic stability in an increasingly interdependent world and expresses its concern about the potentially dangerous impact of the growing US federal budget deficit on the global economy and the balance of international currency markets;

6.   Considers it equally essential that political issues on which there is profound disagreement such as those relating to the International Criminal Court and the Kyoto Climate Change Protocol, but also to the situation at Guantánamo Bay, or where there are strong differences of opinion over certain international instruments, be discussed by both partners in a spirit of cooperation; stresses to this end the importance of a full understanding of the values at stake, such as strict respect for human rights provisions and the quest for an effective multilateral approach, which must be the basis for the joint discussions;

7.   Urges both partners to enhance their cooperation on the road to this Transatlantic Partnership Agreement by the establishment of a transatlantic 'community of action' for regional and global cooperation with a view to increasing global security, in particular by means of:

(a)   an active commitment to a reform of the UN, and in particular its Security Council, including its composition, on the basis of full respect for the Security Council as the sole body with the authority to grant permission for the use of force to solve international conflicts and in order to make it more effective and accountable and increase its capacity to implement its decisions;

(b)  joint action to fight international terrorism as well as the deeper causes of international terrorism;

(c) the development of a joint strategy towards a multilateralisation of the non-proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and the use of nuclear energy;

(d) the revival of negotiated arms control and disarmament at multilateral level, within the UN system, and at bilateral level;

(e) the urgent advancement of the peace process in the Middle East in agreement with the governments and people of the region and on the basis of the Quartet's Road Map and its immediate further implementation after the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip;

(f) joint support for the further development of democracy, freedom, human rights and equal treatment of men and women in the Middle East;

8.   Expects that the Transatlantic Summit will make substantial progress towards establishing a joint effective response - on the shared basis of the Millennium Development Goals - to new global challenges which cut across national boundaries, notably poverty reduction, communicable diseases and degradation of the environment, in particular by promoting dialogues on climate protection and transport emissions;

9.   Strongly welcomes the fact that the Commission proposes to involve legislators more directly in EU-US exchanges by enhancing the Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue (TLD) as a first step towards a fully-fledged 'Transatlantic Assembly', to hold legislators' summits prior to EU-US summits, to build synergies between the TLD and the NTA dialogues, inter alia by launching new jointly-funded programmes for exchange between legislative staffers, by creating a small TLD secretariat, and by sponsoring an EU study group for members of the US Congress to be hosted by the Commission's Delegation in Washington;

10.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the parliaments of the Member States and the President and Congress of the United States of America.

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