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2017

 

The European Parliament Liaison Office with the US Congress in 2017

Senior Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) and Ranking Member of the Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats Subcommittee, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (NY-05), today announced the introduction of the bipartisan Congressional European Union (EU) Caucus for the 115th Congress.
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Dr Christian Ehler MEP.
During its meeting of 16 February 2017 in Strasbourg, the Parliament’s US Delegation elected Christian Ehler (EPP, DE) as its new Chairman by acclamation. This mid-term election followed the decision by former Chair David McAllister to step down after he became Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
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The European Parliament Liaison Office participates in the South by Soutwest 2017 film festival in Austin, Texas, with a panel discussion on cinema as an agent for change. The discussion will follow the viewing of LUX Prize 2016 winner, Toni Erdmann. The European Parliament believes that cinema, a mass cultural medium, can be an ideal vehicle for debate and reflection on Europe and its future.
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The European Parliament Liaison Office with the US Congress (EPLO) is pleased to announce the launch of its next round of internships aimed at US citizens (and those with the right to work in the US) who have completed their bachelor degree. The internship offers a unique opportunity for students and young professionals with an interest in transatlantic policy.
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The 80th EU-US Inter-Parliamentary Meeting will take place this Friday and Saturday, 2 and 3 June 2017 in Valletta, Malta. This year's programme will include three working sessions on the following topics: Recent political and economic developments in the EU and the US and opportunities for strengthening transatlantic cooperation; Security in the Mediterranean including developments in Libya, naval operations, preventing irregular migration and terrorism; Democracy support in third countries and other areas of EP/US Congress cooperation in foreign policy.  
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TLD Co-Chairs Rep Mario Diaz-Balart (l) Christian Ehler MEP (r)
Following the 80th inter-parliamentary meeting of the transatlantic legislators dialogue, held in Valletta, Malta on 2-3 June 2017, members of the European Parliament and United States Congress issued a joint statement reaffirming their commitment to continue to strengthen and deepen their relations. Their statement encompasses recent political and economic developments, security in the Mediterranean and democracy support in third countries, among other pressing issues.
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EPLO and the Center for Transatlantic Relations joined forces Tuesday June 27th for the launch of "The Transatlantic Digital Economy 2017" by Daniel S. Hamilton.  The Transatlantic Digital Economy is the first study of its kind to measure and assess the importance of the digital connections binding the US and Europe. These digital connections represent the backbone of the $5.5 Trillion dollar transatlantic economy which now exists and thrives in the modern world. The study offers a set of metrics on US-EU digital links and addresses current challenges, as well as future opportunities.
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EP lawmakers from the Committe on Economic and Finacial Affairs, as well as the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs arrive in the US this week, July 17-21st, for a mission of transatlantic dialouge and idea exchange. The scope of the mission focuses on matters which directly affect EU-US relations and fall into the legislative scope of the committee deligations from ECON and LIBE.
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US Department of State.
In January 2017 the US swore in a new president, Donald Trump. Seven months into his presidency, the full range of implications of his foreign policy for transatlantic relations and for the EU itself is difficult to assess, given the early stage of formulation of the new administration’s foreign policy and the uncertainties that remain. Transatlantic cooperation has remained strong in a variety of policy areas, however. This topical digest presents recent EPRS publications exploring the state of transatlantic relations.
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The European Parliament Liaison Office with the US Congress (EPLO) is pleased to announce the launch of its next round of internships aimed at US citizens (and those with the right to work in the US) who have completed their bachelor degree. The internship offers a unique opportunity for students and young professionals with an interest in transatlantic policy.
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Three US Congressional Delegations visited the European Parliament in Brussels, from 17th to 19th October, meeting their European counterparts to discuss defence initiatives, data protection and technology, financial regulation, anti-money laundering and combatting the financing of terrorism.
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