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What we do

On 29th April 2010, then President of the European Parliament, Mr Jerzy Buzek, officially opened the Liaison Office during a visit to the United States.

As the only European Parliament Liaison Office outside the EU, the office maintains regular contact with US lawmakers and has begun to build a transatlantic network of legislators and legislative staffers who work together on issues requiring legislative and political cooperation.

 

Our main activities

  • strengthening strategic links at all levels with US Congress bodies, i.e. by fostering political contacts between Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and members of Congress, enhancing their participation in transatlantic structures and meetings, promoting long-term joint legislative planning as well as a joint legislative early-warning system
  • identifying key legislative issues of mutual interest and assuring necessary information exchange with new communication channels, by monitoring US legislation and two-way notification of potential opportunities as regards both European and US legislation
  • preparing and assisting enhanced mutual European Parliament-US Congress contacts, with particular emphasis on committee-to-committee links, including annual and ad hoc visits of delegations, committee chairs or rapporteurs, exchange and training originated visits at staff level, and by means of video-conferencing
  • improving mutual perception and understanding between administrations, i.e. by organising/attending information seminaries, presentations and other events, preparing and distributing new publications/newsletters/web postings
  • reinforcing cooperation with the EU Delegation in Washington DC, thus easing and promoting information flow and synergies in initiatives in the framework of the transatlantic dialogue
 

European Parliament in Washington DC

The European Parliament had been considering ways to be in close contact with the US Congress since the beginning of the 1990's. Parliament voted on several occasions to assign staff to Washington to work in a representative office.

This idea was supported also in a report adopted by Parliament in March 2009. As a follow-up to this request, the Secretary-General of the European Parliament decided to open an EP Liaison Office with the US Congress in January 2010.

The Liaison Office was officially inaugurated by the then President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, on 29 April 2010.

This office is the only office of the European Parliament outside the EU. It is in regular contact with US lawmakers, and it is building a transatlantic network of legislators and staffers who work on issues that require legislative and political cooperation.

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Inter-Parliamentary Relations

The origins of interparliamentary relations between the European Parliament and the United States Congress date back to 1972 when a US Congress delegation visited the European Parliament for the first time. This interparliamentary relationship is, indeed, the longest and most intensive one in the history of the European Parliament.

Parliament and Congress delegations meet nowadays twice a year.

The delegation with the EU is one of only three official delegations of the US Congress, alongside those with Canada and Mexico.

At the 50th interparliamentary meeting on 15-16 January 1999 in Strasbourg, both delegations decided to launch the Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue (TLD), the formal response of the EP and the US Congress to the call in the New Transatlantic Agenda for enhanced parliamentary ties.

 

Our Location

The European Parliament Liaison Office is located on 2175 K Street NW in Washington DC (20037) on the 6th floor (Suite 600).

Office Secretariat: +1 202 862 4734
Email: epwashington[at]ep.europa.eu