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 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.
The Delegation of the European Union to the United States, together with the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the European Parliament Liaison office to the U.S. Congress (EPLO), invite you to this event organized in parallel with the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Lawmakers from the European Parliament and the US Congress met in the Netherlands on June 26-27 for the latest meeting in their series of discussions as part of the ongoing "Transatlantic Legislators Dialogue". Legislators took note with concern the results of the UK referendum on EU membership but acknowledged the democratic will of the British people. Building on previous discussions, legislators addresses issues including counter-terrorism, cyber-security and radicalisation; keeping momentum on the international trade agenda, with a focus on the TTIP negotiations; and foreign policy - in particular Russia, Syria and the refugee crisis.
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.