Procedure : 2008/2530(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : B6-0280/2008

Texts tabled :


Debates :

PV 04/06/2008 - 20
CRE 04/06/2008 - 20

Votes :

PV 05/06/2008 - 6.16
CRE 05/06/2008 - 6.16

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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B6-0277/2008
28 May 2008
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, Ryszard Czarnecki, Hanna Foltyn-Kubicka and Konrad Szymański
on behalf of the UEN Group
on translatlantic relations

European Parliament resolution on translatlantic 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 Conclusions of the Brussels European Council of 16 and 17 December 2004 and in particular to the sections entitled ‘An international order based on effective multilateralism’ and ‘Working with partners’,

–  having regard to the outcome of the EU-US Summit held on 30 April 2007 in Washington DC,

–  having regard to its previous resolutions 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 of 13 January 2005 on transatlantic relations,

–  having regard to EU-US Air Transport Agreement, which entered into force on 28 March 2008,

–  having regard to the EU-US Open Investment Statement,

–  having regard to the forthcoming EU-US Summit on 10 June 2008 in Ljubljana,

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

A.  whereas partnership between the European Union and the United States is based on the shared values of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights and whereas these values support and make possible the economies, 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, in the fight against international terrorism, it is necessary to stress the importance of fully respecting international law and treaties relating to human rights and fundamental freedoms,

E.  whereas the entry into force of the international aviation agreement between the EU and the US constitutes only the first stage of a wider Open Skies agreement and whereas negotiations started on May 15 in Ljubljana for the second stage of such an agreement,

F.  whereas the promotion of an open investment policy serves as a touchstone for setting policies, addressing new challenges and interacting with the partners around the world,

1.  Welcomes the progress that has been made in EU-US relations and the closer transatlantic foreign policy cooperation; is aware, however, that in various policy areas, such as the International Criminal Court and the Kyoto Climate Change Protocol, different opinions still persist in analysis, diagnostics and policy approach between the European Union and the United States; hopes that the next President of the United States engages his Administration in solving these problems;

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; welcomes therefore the commitment of both sides in seeking an effective global response to the key threats to international peace and security posed by the proliferation of WMDs and their delivery systems, as well as the irresponsible export and proliferation of conventional weapons, including small arms and light weapons;

3.  Welcomes in this context the close cooperation between the EU and US on the Iran nuclear issue leading on 3 March 2008 to the adoption of Resolution 1803 by the UNSC imposing new sanctions on Iran 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; recognises the substantial contribution to the protection of the EU from long-range ballistic missiles to be provided by the planned deployment of European-based US missile defence assets; welcomes the endorsement of the US plans by the NATO Summit in Bucharest as well as its decision to extend the system to areas in Europe that would not be covered by current US plans;

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; therefore underlines the need for full participation by the US Congress and the European Parliament in this process;

7.  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;

8.  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;

9.  Calls on the US to immediately lift the visa regime and to treat all citizens of EU Member States equally, on the basis of full reciprocity; in this context welcomes the start of EU-US talks on the new set of US security demands to establish a visa-free regime;

10.  Welcomes the entry into force of the Open Skies Agreement which opened up services between the United States and the European Union, removing all caps on routes, prices and number of flights; considers, however, as a key objective the completion of an Open Aviation Area encompassing markets with a combined total of more than 1 billion airline passengers a year and more than 50% of global aviation traffic;

11.  Welcomes the joint commitment on open investment policies aiming at setting up a fruitful and wide investment environment with evident benefits for the companies of both parties and consequently for global growth and development;

12.  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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