Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the webpage of the European Parliament's Delegation to the EU-UK Parliamentary Partnership Assembly (D-UK).

As Chair of this new delegation, I have the honour of presiding over its meetings with a view to fostering mutually beneficial cooperation with the United Kingdom.

The UK is far from being an ordinary third country. The EU and the UK share a common history, particularly as members of the EU. We are close neighbours both geographically and in our values. This is precisely why it is so important that our two parliaments work together to forge a bright future built on cooperation. The EU-UK relationship will be different going forward but I hope it will be strong, guided by common values, principles and interests.

To that end, I am committed to work closely with the European Parliament's UK Contact Group (UKCG) to monitor the implementation of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the Withdrawal Agreement and other UK-related issues. To facilitate internal coordination, in my capacity as Chair of the D-UK, I also co-chair the UKCG with the Chairs of AFET and INTA Committees, allowing the European Parliament to speak with a single voice.

The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement provides for the possible establishment of an EU-UK Parliamentary Partnership Assembly composed of Members of the European Parliament and of Members of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Both parliaments have agreed to establish this Assembly and are willing to work together to cultivate, through dialogue and debate, a better understanding and to build a solid partnership based on mutual trust.

It is a privilege to co-chair this Assembly with my UK counterpart and I am looking forward to fostering a constructive and fruitful cooperation with the UK Parliament.

I invite you to follow the developments and activities of this new delegation here on our webpage.

Nathalie LOISEAU, MEP

Chair

First meeting of the EU-United Kingdom Parliamentary Partnership Assembly

18-05-2022 - 12:10
Co-Chairs at the Press Conference - 1st EU-UK PPA Co-Chairs at the Press Conference - 1st EU-UK PPA
Co-Chair Ms N. Loiseau and Sir O. Heald at the Press Conference - 1st EU UK PPA-12-13 May 2022 © European Union - European Parliament 2022

The first meeting of EU-UK Parliamentary Partnership Assembly took place on 12-13 May 2022, in Brussels. This was the first time that representatives from both parliaments met in this new body.

The meeting was organised in two sessions. The first, taking place on Thursday 12 May, from 14.30 to 18.00, was devoted to discussions on the state of play within the Partnership Council and EU-UK cooperation in relation to the war in Ukraine. The PPA also addressed very important technical issues. Thus, it adopted its Rules of Procedure and agreed on what type of information to seek and share with the Partnership Council

The second session, on Friday 13 May from 09.00 to 12.30, focused on the impact of Withdrawal Agreement issues upon the work of the Partnership Council and the importance of building the new multi-dimensional EU-UK relationship, cooperation in the field of energy and the future work of the Assembly.

The Co-Chairs, Ms Nathalie Loiseau and Sir Oliver Heald appeared at a press point on Thursday 12 May at 13:15.

The Co-Chairs also signed a joint statement (the full text to be found under the link below).