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 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the EU last year is on display at Parliament's visitors centre until October 6, 2013. Inaugurating the exhibition, EP president Martin Schulz said: "Understand what kind of precious gift it is for all of us to live in the EU in an era of peace on a continent that was too long, too often, a continent of war, of hate, of racism, of xenophobia, of anti-Semitism."
In a resolution to be debated and voted next week, the European Parliament will state what it expects from negotiations on Trade and Investment with the United States. Members of the European Parliament will also discuss banking supervision in the European Union. They are expected to recommend granting Myanmar free access to the European Union market. The Parliament will also discuss how stricter environmental rules may be applied on offshore oil and gas drilling. Follow this link for a more detailed agenda.
The goals that Parliament expects to be achieved and values that it wants to be defended in talks on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with United States will be debated on Wednesday and voted on Thursday.
The situation in Syria continues to deteriorate and the violence threatens to spread to neighbouring countries. MEPs will debate what can be done for the millions of refugees during next week's plenary session on 22 May. Elmar Brok, a German member of the EPP group who chairs of the foreign affairs committee, speaks about the risks facing the region.