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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B7-0577/2011

to wind up the debate on the statements by the Council and the Commission

pursuant to Rule 110(2) of the Rules of Procedure

on the upcoming EU-US Summit and the Transatlantic Economic Council Meeting

Hannes Swoboda, Roberto Gualtieri on behalf of the S&D Group

European Parliament resolution on the upcoming EU-US Summit and the Transatlantic Economic Council Meeting  

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to its previous resolutions on transatlantic relations,

–   having regard to Rule 110(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas the EU and US share the values of freedom, democracy, human rights and a desire for open societies and therefore have a mutual interest in working together to find responses to the momentous events, such as the Arab Spring, the long-awaited peace between Israelis and Palestinians;

B.  whereas many global challenges in the field of foreign policy, security, development and the environment are asking for joint action and transatlantic cooperation; but whereas the current economic crisis has jumped to the fore as the main challenge to be addressed today;

C. whereas the EU and the US, whilst remaining the two top world economies face serious challenges resulting from the financial crisis and increasing competition from emerging and BRIC economies;

D. whereas, at the G20 Summit in Cannes, France on 3 to 4 November 2011, the EU reaffirmed its determination to go ahead with a financial transaction tax at EU level and to work with the other G20 members towards a global financial transaction tax;

E   whereas together the EU and the US account for half of the global economy, and with their USD 4.28 trillion partnership are the largest, most integrated, and longest-lasting economic relationship in the world and a key driver of global economic prosperity;

F   whereas the ongoing financial and economic crises, both in Europe and in the United States, are threatening the stability and prosperity of our economies and the welfare of our citizens, and whereas in order to combat these crises, the need for closer economic cooperation between Europe and the United States has never been more timely and necessary;

G. whereas the imperative to provide freedom and security at home should not come at the cost of sacrificing core principles with respect to civil liberties and upholding common standards on human rights;

Jobs and growth

1.  Welcomes the G20 Summit conclusions to focus on a global strategy for growth and jobs; welcomes EU’s determination to go ahead with a financial transaction tax and urges other G20 leaders to follow it in the framework of a global financial market regulation;

2.  Calls upon the EU and US Administrations to develop and launch a joint transatlantic initiative for jobs and growth, including a road-map for promoting trade and investment; urges the EU and US to further develop existing cooperation mechanisms as part of TEC, which should step up joint work in the area of regulatory dialogue, tariff elimination, removal of unjustified non-tariff barriers (NTBs), and creation of common standards lifting up technical barriers to open and fair trade;

3.  Calls on the Commission and the US government to commit themselves in both bilateral and multilateral fora to fight the global trend towards protectionism without threatening the EU policies in fields such as environmental standards, cultural diversity, social rights and public services; calls for the EU and US to put in place an early-warning mechanism to detect and deter protectionism in bilateral relations;

4.  Emphasises the need for strengthening the TEC process in order to achieve these objectives, in particular the development of common standards for new regulatory areas, such as nanotechnology, or upcoming economic sectors, such as electric vehicle technology;

5.  Recalls the significance for transatlantic trade of open procurement markets that provide equal access to suppliers, in particular to small and medium-sized businesses, and that respect the principles of reciprocity, mutual benefit, proportionality and multi-functionality; stresses the importance of a reform of the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) in order to ensure open and balanced access to both markets;

6.  Underlines the necessity to strengthen cooperation efforts in the framework of a research and innovation partnership;

7.  Stresses the need to promote cooperation on resource efficiency and to work towards adoption and implementation of a joint EU-US Raw Materials Roadmap with a focus on rare earth, and to foster cooperation on innovation in extraction and recycling technologies for raw materials;

8.  Emphasises the importance of cooperation in the promotion of energy efficiency, renewables and high nuclear safety standards worldwide, and welcomes the continued coordination of energy-efficient labelling programmes for office equipment and cooperation on the development of energy technologies (new EU-US Energy Star agreement), and to explore the possible extension of this coordination (‘energy star’) to other energy-labelling schemes;

9.  Calls on the Commission to push forward the negotiations with the US in the area of product safety and welcomes the introduction of a legal base for the US Consumer Product Safety Committee for negotiating with the EU on an agreement, which should improve the exchange of information on dangerous products, injuries and corrective actions taken both in the EU Member States and the US;

Global governance, foreign policy and development

10. Strongly supports the development of free and open democracies promoting peace and stability, and calls therefore upon the EU and the US to further promote peace, in particular in the Middle East, and to support emerging democracies in North Africa;

11. Expresses again its strong support for the two-state solution, on the basis of the 1967 borders and Jerusalem as capital of both states, with the State of Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous and viable State of Palestine living side by side in peace and security; stresses again that direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians should resume in full compliance with international law, based on criteria defined by the Council Conclusions of 8 December 2009 and according to the deadlines called for by the Quartet, in order to overcome the unacceptable status quo; calls on the US and the EU to continue their efforts aimed at achieving a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians and to jointly support Palestinians’ aspirations to be recognised as a State in the UN;

12. Deplores the US withdrawal from UNESCO funding following the integration of Palestine as a Member;

13. Strongly condemns the escalating use of force in Syria, and supports the efforts of the US and EU Member States in the UN Security Council to proceed with a resolution condemning and calling for an end to the use of lethal force by the Syrian regime and putting in place sanctions for failure to do so;

14. Commends the close cooperation that the EU and the US developed in the military action, mandated by the UNSC and required to help protect Libyans during their fight for liberation; recognises the essential role the US played in providing air-to-air refuelling, as well as intelligence and reconnaissance for the European allies; calls on both the EU and the US to continue to support Libyan transitional authorities in all endeavours to build an inclusive and democratic society; emphasises at the same time that this support shall be conditional on the respect for human rights, the rule of law and political participation for all citizens, in particular women;

15. Underlines the enhanced status of Common Foreign and Security Policy/Common Security and Defence Policy (CFSP/CSDP) introduced by the new provisions of the Lisbon Treaty and welcomes its recognition in the new NATO’s strategic concept; strongly reaffirms the importance of enhancing EU-US cooperation in crisis management while avoiding unnecessary duplication, notably in civilian crisis management;

16. Takes note of the fact that the Obama Administration has so far faced significant challenges in its efforts to close the US-run detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba despite the 2009 announcement on the closure of the facility within one year; regrets that only a limited number of EU Member States have accepted (or pledged to accept) small numbers of released detainees, while others have declined; is aware of the Congressional opposition to some elements of the Administration’s plan for closing Guantánamo which also posed obstacles in meeting the initial deadline for closure; is worried that as long as Guantánamo remains open, it helps serve as a recruiting tool for Al Qaeda and its affiliates;

17. Is strongly concerned about the allegations in the last report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about the progress made by Iran towards achieving the know-how necessary to design and construct a nuclear weapon; deplores the fact that Iran, despite repeatedly insisting that its nuclear program is for peaceful, civilian energy purposes only, has failed to cooperate fully with the IAEA; calls on the EU and US to maintain the pressure on Iran to meet its international non-proliferation obligations; insists that the EU and US should use all political and diplomatic means to get Iran to comply with its obligations;

18. Emphasises that together, the EU and the US manage 90% of global development assistance in the area of health and 80% of overall aid; welcomes the re-launch of the EU-US Development Dialogue in September 2011, because there are only five years remaining to achieve the Millennium Development Goals;

19. Welcomes EU and US initiatives to bring greater transparency to extractive industries operating in developing countries; calls on both sides to push for a global standard of mandatory transparency at the G20;

20. Calls on the EU and US to push for action at the G20 for greater global regulation to prevent abusive food price speculation and to coordinate the creation of preventive mechanisms against the excessive fluctuation of global food prices; stresses that the G20 must involve non-G20 countries to ensure global convergence;

21. Emphasises that climate change is a global concern and calls on the Commission to look for an ambitious US commitment to the forthcoming Durban Conference; is in this respect concerned about Bill 2594, recently adopted by the US House, calling for prohibition of US airlines to participate in the EU Emission Trading Scheme; calls on the US Senate not to adopt this Bill, and calls for a constructive dialogue on this topic;

Freedom and Security

22. Recognises that all flows of passengers and goods in the transatlantic market area should be secured by proper and proportional security measures;

23. Calls in that respect upon the United States to move away from broad general restrictions like 100% container scanning or the banning of liquids on board of aircraft towards more targeted and risk-based approaches like secure operator schemes and scanning of liquids;

24. Welcomes in this context the opening of negotiations in March 2011 on the EU-US agreement on the protection of personal data, and underlines that the envisaged EU-US PNR Agreement should by in line with EP's requirements as set out in its 5 May 2010 Resolution on the launch of negotiations for Passenger Name Record (PNR) agreements;

25. Stresses the need to ensure the protection of the integrity of the global internet and freedom of communication by avoiding unilateral measures to revoke Internet Protocol (IP) addresses or domain names;

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

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