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
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On 8 December the development committee holds its first exchange of views with the new commissioner for international cooperation and development Neven Mimica. As the European Year of Development 2015 approaches committee chair Linda McAvan, a UK member of the Socialists and Democrats, spoke to us about the significance of the Year and the threat that Ebola poses to development.
NGOs, experts and governments meet in Lima, in Peru, from 1 to 12 December to discuss the climate agreement for reducing global emissions after 2020. A Parliament delegation will attend from 8 to 12 December. We talked to Giovanni La Via, environment committee chair and head of the delegation, about the challenges facing his team in Lima.
Online companies should not be allowed to abuse their dominant position even if this means unbundling search engines from other commercial services, Parliament said with a non-binding resolution it voted on last week. We discussed it with two MEPs who are behind the resolution: German EPP member Andreas Schwab and Ramon Tremosa, an ALDE member from Spain.
Women and girls form the vast majority of human trafficking victims, both in and outside the EU. On 2 December the EP's women's rights and civil liberties organised a meeting with UN and European Commission representatives to find out the latest about the situation in the world and the implementation of the EU's strategy to eradicate human trafficking.
A 12-strong delegation of MEPs will take part in the UN climate conference in Lima, Peru, from Monday to Friday. The 20th Conference of Parties (COP20) aims to set out the structure of a global and binding climate agreement to be concluded in Paris in 2015. In a resolution voted last month, the European Parliament reiterated the EU commitment to getting on track for a below 2°C climate warming scenario, and pledged to step up European contributions to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).