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.
European Elections - May 2014
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Following the European elections on May 22-25, 2014 the European Parliament will, for the first time, elect the President of the European Commission, the EU's executive branch. In the lead up to the election, the presidential candidates from the pan-European political parties will face off in a series of US-style presidential debates. In the first debate, on April 28, the candidates will meet at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands for a debate focused on youth issues.
Following the European elections on May 22-25, 2014 the European Parliament will, for the first time, elect the President of the European Commission, the EU's executive branch.
On May 15, 2014 – just one week before polls open – the five candidates for the presidency of the European Commission will gather at the Parliament building in Brussels, Belgium for a televised debate. The debate will cover a wide range of topics of significance for the EU, the US and the transatlantic relationship.
From May 9-11, 2014, the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France will open its doors to around 5,000 young Europeans for the European Youth Event. This will be the first ever European Youth Event and it will include a large variety of activities run under the motto "Ideas for a better Europe." Activities will focus on five main themes: youth unemployment, digital revolution, future of the European Union, sustainability, and European values.
On May 10, 2014, The European Parliament's Liaison Office with the US Congress will join the EU Delegation and the embassies of 28 EU member states in opening its doors to the public for the EU Embassies’ Open House Day. The open day will give visitors the opportunity to learn more about the European Union and get a rare look into a number of unique, beautiful embassies as well as insights into the rich cultural diversity of its member states.
The EU should raise anti-dumping tariffs against dumped or subsidized imports from third countries and do much more to help small firms take advantage of EU measures to combat them, said Parliament on April 16, confirming its position on plans to update EU trade defence instruments. It also wants tougher tariffs against environmental or social dumping, and against dumping assisted by third country export subsidies.
Plans to reform the funding arrangements and legal status of European political parties and their affiliated foundations were backed by Parliament on Wednesday. The new rules, informally agreed with Council, will clarify the finances of these bodies and enhance their European character. A method to monitor compliance and impose penalties for breaches is also part of the deal.
Comprehensive rules to govern financial markets were adopted by Parliament on April 15. These rules are designed to close loopholes in the existing legislation, so as to ensure that financial markets are safer as well as more efficient, investors are better protected, high-frequency trading is regulated and speculative commodity trading is curbed.