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.
Back to back: Parliament in Strasbourg, Congress in Washington
How do their roles and powers compare? EuroparlTV followed representatives from each side of the pond.
Legislators from the European Parliament and the US Congress met in Washington DC on 4-5 November. Their joint statement reaffirms their commitment to work together on issues including international trade, energy cooperation and climate change, data and privacy issues and foreign affairs of transatlantic concern. Read the full statement.
Tackling the refugee crisis and boosting employment are two of the most controversial issues in the negotiations for the EU's budget for next year. Parliament wants to allocate more money for this than the member states. MEPs will discuss the issue in plenary on Tuesday 27 October and vote on a position the following day. We asked Portuguese EPP member José Manuel Fernandes, who together with Gérard Deprez is responsible for the EP's position, what is at stake.
Parliament’s Special Committee on Tax Rulings recommended measures to make corporate taxes in the EU fairer and more transparent, after eight months of fact finding, in a vote Monday evening in Strasbourg.
Parliament adopted its stance on a deal with Switzerland to make it harder for EU citizens to hide cash from the tax man in Swiss bank accounts, in a vote on Tuesday. Under the deal, the EU and Switzerland will automatically exchange information on the bank accounts of each other's residents, starting in 2018.
Package holidays, consisting of a flight, hotel or car-hire and purchased online for an all-in price or through linked webpages, will get the same protection as packages bought in travel agencies under rules voted by MEPs on Tuesday. MEPs ensured that travelers will have more options to cancel a contract and get clear advance information on who is ultimately responsible if something goes wrong.