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.
Mapping the Cost of Non-Europe
Watch Klaus Well (Secretary General) and Anthony Teasdale (Director-General EPRS) discuss the cost of non-Europe in a discussion chaired by Christian Ostermann of the Global Europe Program at the Wilson Center
Moldova is the latest country seeking closer ties with the EU. Today MEPs vote on an association agreement with the country, paving the way for more trade and closer cooperation. We talked to Andi Cristea, a Romanian member of the S&D group who the new head of the EP’s delegation for Moldova, about how closer ties will benefit the Eastern European country as well as the EU.
The European Parliament gave its consent to the EU-Moldova Association agreement, which includes a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA), on Thursday in Brussels. The deal will form the backbone of strengthened political association and economic integration between the EU and Moldova and provide for mutual free market access.
On Sunday it was 25 years since the Berlin Wall collapsed. On that day thousands gathered all along the wall that had separated East and West Germany since 1961. This historic occasion will be commemorated by the Parliament at the start of this week's plenary on 12 November from 15.00 CET. Read on to discover how MEPs remember the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Copyright laws need to keep up with technological developments in order for the online single market to deliver new services and easy access to content as well as create new growth opportunities. The legal affairs and culture committees discuss the future development of copyright at a hearing on 11 November with academics, representatives of content creators and distributors and European Commission experts. Follow the meeting live on our website from 15.30 CET.
Europe’s economy might not be running at full throttle, but that doesn’t mean it has forgotten about others. The EU is still the world’s largest aid donor and according to a 2012 Eurobarometer survey, 85% of Europeans believe Europe should continue to help developing countries. Next year will be the European Year for Development, to celebrate what has already been achieved and seek what still needs to be done. The development committee will discuss the theme year today.