Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the pages of the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with the United States of America (D-US).

As Chair of this 63-member strong delegation, I have the honour of presiding over our regular meetings in Brussels and Strasbourg, many of which are webstreamed live and can be followed on this website.

I also have the privilege of co-chairing the inter-parliamentary meetings (IPMs) we hold twice a year with colleagues from the House of Representatives of the United States Congress.

Our next meeting will be the 84th EU-US IPM, which demonstrates the deep and long-standing nature of the ties between EU and US parliamentarians.

During these joint meetings, our debates focus on specific areas of common competence of our two legislatures and on practical ways of enhancing our cooperation further.

Both the US and the EU currently face a wide range of pressing individual and collective challenges. In this uncertain context, the relationship between our two bodies has become more important than ever.

I am convinced that our personal ties, our interlinked economies, our shared history and our common values are the ingredients that will continue to make the transatlantic relationship so enduring.

Radosław Sikorski, D-US Chair

Statement by the TLD Co-Chairs on the passing of the EP President, David Sassoli

12-01-2022 - 16:48

First Trade and Technology Council Meeting: TLD Statement

29-09-2021 - 10:11
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The Co-Chairs of the Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue (TLD), Representative Jim Costa, Chair Radosław Sikorski and Vice-Chair Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, issued a statement welcoming the first annual meeting of the Trade and Technology Council (TTC) in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, on September 29th, 2021.

The full text of the statement is under the link below:

Statement by TLD Co-Chairs

23-07-2021 - 23:32
Photo of the delegation Members in front of the US Capitol
The delegation: (from left to right) David McAllister (AFET Chair), Radosław Sikorski (TLD Co-Chair), Miapetra Kumpula-Natri (D-US 1st Vice-Chair, Nicolae Stefanuta (D-US 2nd Vice-Chair) and Bernd Lange (INTA Chair)
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Photo pf the Chairs signing the declaration
The Co-Chairs of the Transatlantic Legislators’ Dialogue, Radek Sikorski and Jim Costa, signing the joint declaration after the meeting - © European Union (2021) - European Parliament
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On 21 July 2021, the Co-Chairs of the Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue (TLD), MEP Radosław Sikorski and Representative Jim Costa, issued the following statement upon the conclusion of the TLD in the 117th Congress in Washington DC:

"We took the opportunity to stress that we are not just resetting this essential relationship, but are working to build it back even stronger so that we can work together to address jointly the many significant challenges that we face at this time.

"On response to the coronavirus pandemic, we applaud the remarkable scientific breakthroughs that have allowed safe and effective vaccines to be developed so quickly. We called on everyone to be vaccinated as soon as they can and for vaccines to be made available to middle and low-income countries as soon as possible. Vaccines save lives. The European side called for reciprocity from the United States in lifting coronavirus-related travel restrictions.

"We acknowledged that climate change is not just a future threat, but is here with us today as we see floods in Western Europe and fires in California and Oregon. We agreed that the European Union and the United States must lead together. We have not only the opportunity, but the moral obligation to future generations to act now.

"We discussed how best we can develop a common approach to a rising China in order to remain competitive, to safeguard jobs and prosperity, to defend and promote democratic values. We must stand firm in the face of provocation, and resist attempts to uproot and overturn longstanding international norms that the Transatlantic alliance has worked so hard to uphold over more than seven decades.

"We called on the US and EU to step up efforts to deliver results at Ministerial Conference 12 (MC12) and to establish a work program to reform the World Trade Organization. We welcomed the progress under the new administration to solve longstanding trade irritants and hope solutions can be found for the outstanding issues that remain. We stressed the need to find a permanent, broader settlement to address subsidies and overcapacity. We support joint actions to set standards in the technology space which reflect our principles and values. We welcomed the newly established Trade and Technology Council and called for it to have a significant parliamentary dimension.

"We stressed the paramount importance of safeguarding the peace and prosperity which has been underpinned by the Good Friday Agreement for the people on the Island of Ireland. We called upon the government of the United Kingdom to implement fully the agreement which they themselves recently entered into, and to fulfill their treaty obligations.

"These two days have confirmed the vibrancy of this cooperation between legislators across the Atlantic, coinciding with the relaunch of the Congressional European Union Caucus, and we have agreed to continue our work together in Slovenia this Fall."

The European Parliament delegation consisted of Radosław Sikorski (TLD Co-Chair, Poland, EPP), Miapetra Kumpula-Natri (Finland, S&D), Nicolae Ștefănuță (Romania, RENEW), David McAllister (Germany, EPP) and Bernd Lange (Germany, S&D).

Transatlantic parliamentary dialogue

16-07-2021 - 11:08
On 29 June, a virtual event was organized by the Portuguese Assembleia da República, the European Parliament, and the United States House of Representatives on the importance of transatlantic dialogue. There were three pre-recorded speeches made by the President of the Assembleia da República, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, the President of the European Parliament, David Maria Sassoli, and a conversation between the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and Congressman Jim Costa.
See the link below for more information and to watch the speeches and dialogue.

Statement by TLD Co-Chairs on U.S. President Biden’s Trip to Europe

22-06-2021 - 16:31
From left to right: Ursula VON DER LEYEN (President of the European Commission), Joseph BIDEN (President of the United States of America), Charles MICHEL (President of the European Council); official welcome From left to right: Ursula VON DER LEYEN (President of the European Commission), Joseph BIDEN (President of the United States of America), Charles MICHEL (President of the European Council); official welcome
EU-US Summit of 15 June 2021, Brussels © European Union 2021 (Council)
The Co-Chairs of the Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue, Jim Costa and Radosław Sikorski, hailed the success of President Joseph R. Biden's June 2021 visit to Europe for the Group of Seven (G7) Summit, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit, and the EU-US summit.

EU-US Summit, 15 June 2021, Brussels

22-06-2021 - 16:31
From left to right: Joseph BIDEN (President of the United States of America), Charles MICHEL (President of the European Council), Ursula VON DER LEYEN (President of the European Commission) From left to right: Joseph BIDEN (President of the United States of America), Charles MICHEL (President of the European Council), Ursula VON DER LEYEN (President of the European Commission)
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Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission and Charles Michel, President of the Council met US president Joe Biden on 15 June in Brussels. It was the first EU-US summit since 2014 and the first visit by a US President to the EU institutions since 2017.

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