Welcome to the European Parliament Office in Washington DC
This is the website of the European Parliament's Liaison Office with the U.S. Congress. Our presence here is intended to strengthen cooperation between legislators in the U.S. and the European Union and to provide information to the public in the United States. Americans and Europeans together constitute the leading force in the world economy and, over the last 60 years, we have cooperated closely to enhance the cause of peace, freedom and human rights. Together we also face contemporary challenges most notably the threat of terrorism and the need to increase economic growth while protecting our environment. This website is intended as a window on the European Parliament to all those in the United States who are concerned with developments as legislators, officials, civil society, business, trade unions, reporters and all those studying the history and institutions of the European Union at school.
New European Parliament
On day two of the inaugural session of the new Parliament, Martin Schulz was re-elected President of the European Parliament for two and a half years.
The European Parliament voted on Wednesday to allocate 58 seats to the Delegation for Relations with the United States. The names of the 58 MEPs who will sit on the Delegation were approved on Thursday.
With 422 votes in favour, the European Parliament elected Jean-Claude Juncker in a secret ballot on 15 July as President of the new European Commission to take office on 1 November 2014 for a five year term. The minimum number of votes required was 376.
"You are the first Parliament to elect the Commission President ", said Jean-Claude Juncker, presenting his programme in a final debate with Parliament's political group leaders before its vote on his election on Tuesday. MEPs applauded many of Mr Juncker's aims and reassurances.
This week the Parliament's political groups had the opportunity to quiz president-designate of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. Although the former Luxembourg prime minister was nominated for the Commission presidency by the European Council on 27 June, he still requires the Parliament's backing. The plenary vote on his candidacy will take place on 15 July.
The European Youth Event final report has now been handed over to the MEPs. Last May, a few days before the European Elections, the European Parliament welcomed thousands of young people from across the continent to Strasbourg to share and discuss their ideas for the future of Europe. The European Youth Event (EYE2014) took place from May 9 to 11 and involved 5,500 young people aged 16 to 30 from across the continent.