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.
This week Claude Moraes leads a delegation of EU Parliament lawmakers to meet government figures in Washington DC and tech companies large and small in Silicon Valley. Transatlantic commercial data flows top the agenda. Lawmakers are concerned that that the proposed EU-US “Privacy Shield” agreement, which allows bulk collection of Europeans’ data, may not adequately protect citizens’ privacy and legal rights. The last “Safe Harbor” deal was struck down by the European Court of Justice. In this statement Mr. Moraes says the EU and US need to make sure the new deal guarantees privacy rights so that companies avoid an alternative complex, costly system of contract clauses and rules that many cannot afford.
Europe said never again to war. While there are still significant conflicts in the world, the global powers are at peace. How to organize this new world? How to deal with the absence of enemies? Or rather, a world where the enemy is fear? Alain Lamassoure, Member of the European Parliament, addressed this conundrum in a speech in Washington DC on May 16, 2016.
Come and visit us to learn more about the European parliament, test your knowledge and win some prizes! Our staff - and our neighbors at the EU delegation to the US in Washington DC - will be available from 10 am to 4 pm. There are gifts and fun activities for all the family. 27 EU embassies around town are also taking part. Hop on the free bus to join the action.
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.