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.
On April 14, after four years of negotiations, the European Parliament passed two pieces of landmark legislation on data protection. A regulation on data processing gives internet users stronger control over their personal information and introduces tough fines for companies breaking the rules. A separate law, approved the same day, will regulate cross-border of data processing by the police and judicial authorities.
The European Parliament’s Washington DC office was honored to receive Ensaf Haidar on April 13. Ms. Haidar is the wife of Raif Badawi, a prisoner of conscience in Saudi Arabia and current laureate of Parliament's annual Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Ms Haidar's visit to Washington DC, organized in cooperation with Reporters Without Borders, raised the profile of her husband's case ahead of President Obama's visit to Saudi Arabia.
Eight members of the employment and social affairs committee (EMPL) are visiting San Francisco and Silicon Valley, California, from 29 March to 1 April. Meetings will focus on the effect of digitalisation on job market, skills required for the jobs of the future and the changing working conditions in information technology and shared economy sectors.
I am horrified by the despicable and cowardly attacks which took place in Brussels today. My thoughts go out first and foremost to the victims and the wounded, as well as their families and friends. These acts anger and sadden me at the same time.
The European Parliament Liaison Office is greatly saddened to announce the passing of staff member Jean-Luc Robert. Over several years Jean-Luc made a huge contribution to the development of our office, particularly our outreach to think tanks and universities, as well as our internship program. Our friends and colleagues here in Washington DC are warmly invited to join the funeral service.