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.
The Lisbon Treaty modified both the EU’s competences in trade and the procedure for concluding trade agreements, giving a stronger role to the European Parliament. This briefing looks at how trade negotiations are conducted and concluded in the EU, and discusses some of the key issues in the current EU trade policy debate.
Lawmakers from the European Parliament and the US Congress met in Washington DC on 28-29 November 2016 for the 79th EU-US inter-parliamentary meeting. Their joint statement reaffirms the importance of strengthening the transatlantic relationship and a shared commitment to continue working together and respond effectively to common challenges including on economic matters and Foreign Policy and Security and Defence Policy. Read the full statement.
A delegation of the European Parliament, headed by David McAllister (EPP, DE), will attend the 79th EU-US Inter-Parliamentary Meeting, taking place on 28-29 November 2016, in Washington DC. MEPs will be seeking to prepare the ground for the cooperation with the new 115th Congress, as well as to strengthen the transatlantic ties in foreign, economic, trade and environmental policies.
“The US electorate has spoken. The victory of Donald Trump is unequivocal and must be respected. I congratulate him and the Republican Party on their victory. Mr Trump has managed to become the standard-bearer of the angst and fears of millions of Americans. Those concerns must now be addressed with credible policies and proposals.
The chair of the European Parliament Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) called for further EU-US cooperation in financial regulation, tax, banking and the fight against money laundering, following a series of high-level meetings in Washington DC between EU parliamentarians and the US administration, regulators and other financial services stakeholders. The meetings also addressed consequences of the ‘Brexit’ referendum and the stability of the European banking system.