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.
European Elections - May 2014
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Following the European elections on May 22-25, 2014 the European Parliament will, for the first time, elect the President of the European Commission, the EU's executive branch. In the lead up to the election, the presidential candidates from the pan-European political parties will face off in a series of US-style presidential debates. In the first debate, on April 28, the candidates will meet at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands for a debate focused on youth issues.
On May 15, 2014 – just one week before polls open in the 2014 elections to the European Parliament – the five candidates for the presidency of the European Commission will gather at the Parliament building in Brussels, Belgium for a televised debate. The debate will cover a wide range of topics of significance for the EU, the US and the transatlantic relationship.
From May 9-11, 2014, the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France will open its doors to around 5,000 young Europeans for the European Youth Event. This will be the first ever European Youth Event and it will include a large variety of activities run under the motto "Ideas for a better Europe." Activities will focus on five main themes: youth unemployment, digital revolution, future of the European Union, sustainability, and European values.
On May 10, 2014, The European Parliament's Liaison Office with the US Congress will join the EU Delegation and the embassies of 28 EU member states in opening its doors to the public for the EU Embassies’ Open House Day. The open day will give visitors the opportunity to learn more about the European Union and get a rare look into a number of unique, beautiful embassies as well as insights into the rich cultural diversity of its member states.
As the European Commission proposed a change in legislation for the inclusion of aviation in the European Emission Trading Scheme, European Parliament rapporteur Peter Liese (EPP, DE) and Environment committee chairman Matthias Groote (S&D, DE) welcomed the proposal. In early October, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) agreed to establish a global market-based system for the reduction of international aviation emissions until 2020.
The EU’s new Erasmus+ programme, which will fund grants for students, teachers, trainers and apprentices to study abroad in the EU, was approved by the European Parliament on November 19. Youth leaders, volunteers and young sportsmen/women will also be eligible.
It was a budget deal that was long in the making, but the effort has been worth it. On November 14, the European Parliament's budget committee approved deals struck with member states on the EU budget for next year and the coming seven years, also known as the multiannual financial framework. The Parliament succeeded in its push to ensure more flexibility in funding EU programmes for the next seven years and successfully resisted calls for spending cuts in employment, research and innovation in the 2014 budget.