President Schulz to make first visit to the USA - 26- 28 November 2012

Press Release
Brussels -
Foreign Affairs

European Parliament President Martin Schulz will meet with the Vice-President of the United States, Joe Biden, on his first visit to the United States of America.  The visit starts today Monday 26 November and lasts until Wednesday 28 November 2012.

In Washington DC, President Schulz will engage his US interlocutors on the common solutions Americans and Europeans can find together to create more growth and more jobs.

The President of the European Parliament will meet with senior US lawmakers and officials, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.  President Schulz will also meet with David Lipton, First Deputy Director of the International Monetary Fund.

On Tuesday 27 November, President Schulz will address a public discussion "Europe in Crisis? The Prospects for a Renewed EU-US Partnership" at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.

President Schulz will carry the European Parliament's message for building a strong and comprehensive transatlantic relationship, based on a wide range of common values and shared interests.

He will explain how the European Union is engaged in a dramatic evolution towards a political, economical and fiscal integration, and will call his American partners to encourage this bold and necessary evolution. "The European Union is not anymore only about the national capitals but about a shared, regional sovereignty. Our American friends went through that process: it is in their interest to support their European allies in this ambitious project," President Schulz said ahead of his visit to the US capital.

The President of the European Parliament will plead in favour of a free trade agreement between the US and the EU explaining the benefits that a transatlantic internal market would provide to 800 million citizens.

EP President Martin Schulz's visit stresses the importance of deepening the relationship between legislators on both sides of the Atlantic. Through its Members’ regular engagement with US lawmakers and the setting up of a Liaison Office in the Washington DC, the European Parliament is investing heavily in this transatlantic relationship.

Elements of the programme (US East Coast time):

Monday, 26 November 2012

17:30 - 18:00     Meeting with Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

11:00 - 12:00     Public speech followed by Q&A session at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Center for Transatlantic Relations Topic: "Europe in Crisis? The Prospects for a Renewed EU-US Partnership" (live webstreaming to Bologna SAIS campus and other EU Centres of Excellence in the USA)

12:30 - 14:00     Roundtable lunch / restricted exchange of views with representatives of think-tanks and business organisations, organised by the Atlantic Council of the United States Topic: European Parliament priorities for Transatlantic Relations in 2013: jobs, growth and trade; the Eurozone crisis

15:00 - 15:30     Meeting with Mr David Lipton, First Deputy Director of the International Monetary Fund

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

08:30 - 09:30     Working breakfast with European press Hyatt Regency Hotel

12:45 - 13:30     Meeting with Mr Joe Biden, Vice President of the USA

15:30 - 16:00     Meeting with Sen. Harry Reid, Majority Leader of the US Senate, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader.


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  • Armin Machmer
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  • Richard Freedman
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