Procedure : 2007/2530(RSP)
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Document selected : B6-0149/2007

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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B6-0149/2007
18 April 2007
PE 387.119v01-00
to wind up the debate on statements by the Council and Commission
pursuant to Rule 103(2) of the Rules of Procedure
by Cristiana Muscardini, Adam Bielan, Konrad Szymański, Hanna Foltyn-Kubicka, Ryszard Czarnecki, Gintaras Didžiokas, Guntars Krasts, Inese Vaidere and Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis
on behalf of the UEN 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 (NTA) of 1995,

–  having regard to the EU-US Vienna Summit Declaration of 21 June 2006,

–  having regard to its previous resolution on transatlantic relations, in particular its two resolutions of 1 June 2006 on improving EU-US relations in the framework of a Transatlantic Partnership Agreement and on EU-US transatlantic economic relations, and the joint resolution on transatlantic relations of 10 January 2005,

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

A.  whereas partnership between the European Union and the United States based on the shared values of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights is the cornerstone of security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area,

B.  whereas economic cooperation between the European Union and the United States is the engine of the world economy, accounting for 40% of world trade, and promotes growth and innovation globally for the benefit of all,

C.  whereas the European Union and the United States play key roles in the world’s politics and economy and share responsibility for promoting peace, democracy and stability in the world, which is facing significant new political and economic challenges,

D.  whereas, as the European Parliament has repeatedly stated, it is necessary to replace the New Transatlantic Agenda of 1995, which is the basis for EU-US relations, with a Transatlantic Agreement, in order to open up the way for the establishment of the transatlantic market by 2015,

E.  whereas the Senate of the United States also supported this initiative in its resolution of 9 December 2006,

1.  Welcomes the improved climate in EU-US relations and the closer transatlantic foreign policy cooperation visible in the approach to the Balkans, the Middle East, Afghanistan, the Mediterranean and Africa, and believes that this positive backdrop offers opportunities for the EU and the US to work closely together on a wide range of issues;

2.  Stresses the need for closer cooperation between the EU and the United States in combating terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the need for both sides to support the role that the UN must play in these areas;

3.   Welcomes in this context the close cooperation between the EU and US on the Iran nuclear issue and encourages both partners to continue strengthening the IAEA and establishing a comprehensive system of international agreements on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in order jointly to reinforce the Non-Proliferation Treaty;

4.  Reiterates its conviction that the Common Foreign and Security Policy should be understood as complementary to, and not competitive with, the existing instruments of transatlantic cooperation and reiterates that NATO is a guarantor of European security and should also develop as a forum for political debate between the two partners;

5.  Believes that the US should continue to discuss and explain its planned missile defence system within NATO, in order to allow the Alliance and Europe to remain united and resist foreign pressure;

6.  Considers that all the conditions for substantially strengthening transatlantic economic relations, are in place but stresses that further work is needed to translate these relations into an operational and strategic concept that can gather sufficient public and political support;

7.  Supports the initiative of the EC Presidency to launch a New Transatlantic Economic Partnership that would strengthen the position of both partners in global competition and enable them to make better use of the potential of their economies;

8.  Reiterates the need for a new framework agreement to provide an appropriate institutional and political foundation for pursuing common political and economic objectives and taking up the challenges of the 21st century;

9.  Calls upon the Presidents of the European Council, the European Commission and the United States of America to use the opportunity of the April 2007 EU-US Summit to advance the negotiation of a new Transatlantic Partnership Agreement and to commit themselves jointly to a binding roadmap for achieving a barrier-free transatlantic market by 2015;

10.  Stresses the need to launch a joint study of existing barriers to, and of the degree and limits of regulatory cooperation in, creating a transatlantic market, including a cost-benefit and sector-by-sector analysis of removal of such barriers;

11.  Stresses that the US and the EU carry a high degree of responsibility in world trade, where they often share common objectives, and therefore urges the leaders of the EU and the US to commit themselves to bringing the WTO Doha Round to a successful conclusion without delay;

12.  Calls on both partners to strengthen their cooperation on energy, with a view to promoting energy efficiency and security, to strive for the establishment of a stable and predictable global energy market based on market rules and to seek to include provisions governing energy trade in WTO regulations;

13.  Expects the summit to prepare the ground for a G8 Summit agreement to be signed in June, launching a post-Kyoto emissions regime that would involve the US and key emerging economies such as China, Brazil, India, Mexico, South Africa and Indonesia;

14.  Calls on the European and American partners to take account in their economic relations of the role and special features of the cultural and educational sectors;

15.  Advocates the participation of the US Congress and the European Parliament in this process; calls upon the EU-US Summit to support the parliamentary dimension of the partnership and to involve the legislators more closely in the dialogue between the EU and US executives;

16.  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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