EP resolutsioonid

EU Trade Policy Review, November 2020

The European Parliament adopted by 593 votes to 50, with 50 abstentions, a resolution on the EU Trade Policy Review.

Parliament noted that the United States of America is the EU's most important trading partner, despite current tensions. MEPs highlighted the positive development of the agreement on a package of tariff reductions with the US and urged the Commission to build on this momentum to construct a positive EU-US trade agenda beyond tariff reductions such as on technologies and digital taxation, including at the OECD.

Parliament called on the US to remove its tariffs imposed since 2017. MEPs welcomed the latest, long-awaited WTO ruling on the Airbus-Boeing dispute and stressed the importance of finding a negotiated solution.

Parliament strongly supported cooperation with the US to tackle strategic challenges at global level and urged the US to re-join the Paris climate agreement in order to facilitate future EU-US cooperation.

Anti-racism protests following the death of George Floyd, June 2020

The European Parliament adopted by 493 votes to 104, with 67 abstentions, a resolution on the anti-racism protests following the death of George Floyd.

"Black Lives Matter", said the European Parliament, which strongly condemned the horrific death of Mr Floyd, asphyxiated by a white policeman when stopped by police in Minneapolis. The resolution was tabled by the EPP, S&D, Renew, Greens/EFA and GUE/NGL groups.

Parliament strongly condemned racism and called on the Commission, the European Council and the Council to take a strong and decisive stance against racism, violence and injustice in Europe. Members called on the EU institutions and Member States to officially recognise past injustices and crimes against humanity committed against black people, people of colour and the Roma.

Members similarly called on the US government to combat racism and structural inequalities in the country, while also condemning police action against US demonstrators and journalists [...]

Implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy, annual report, January 2020

The European Parliament adopted by 454 votes to 148, with 102 abstentions, a resolution on the implementation of the common foreign and security policy (CFSP) - annual report, which included several references to transatlantic issues.

Parliament called for the strengthening of the capacity of the Union and its Member States to act autonomously in the fields of security and defence, while underlining the important role of NATO, one of the pillars of European security.

MEPs expressed their regret over the fact that the transatlantic partnership was facing a significant number of challenges and disruptions, yet they said it remained indispensable for security and prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic.

Parliament called on the Member States to make multilateral nuclear disarmament an EU foreign and security policy priority and continue efforts to safeguard the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) and the new strategic arms reduction treaty (New START).

Crisis of the WTO Appellate Body, November 2019

The European Parliament adopted by 506 votes to 46, with 61 abstentions, a resolution tabled by the Committee on International Trade on the crisis of the WTO Appellate Body.

The WTO Appellate Body plays a fundamental role in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute settlement system.

Since 2017, the United States has been blocking the replacement of any of the seven members of the Appellate Body and has rejected numerous proposals to launch the selection process to fill the remaining vacancies. On 10 December 2019, the mandates of two of the three remaining Appellate Body members will expire and the Appellate Body will no longer be able to hear any new appeals, as three members are needed to do so.

In response to this situation, Parliament expressed concern that, if a solution is not found, the WTO Appellate Body will cease to be operational after 10 December 2019, which could have very serious consequences for the rules-based multilateral trading system.


The situation at the USA-Mexico border, July 2019

The European Parliament expresses its deep concern about the situation befalling migrants and asylum seekers at the USA-Mexico border, especially that of migrant children.
MEPs are also deeply worried about the appalling conditions in US immigration detention facilities, which they say lack adequate healthcare, decent food and proper sanitation. Family separation and immigration detention are never in the best interests of the child, the resolution further states, while calling on the US government to stop separating families and, as a matter of urgency, to reunify all families with children who are still separated from their parents or guardians.
MEPs stress that border management measures must comply with the US's international human rights obligations and should not be based on narrow policies aimed at detecting, detaining and expeditiously deporting irregular migrants.
The text was adopted with 330 votes in favour, 252 against and 55 abstentions.

The future of the INF Treaty and the impact on the European Union, February 2019

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the future of the INF Treaty and the impact on the European Union.

The resolution was tabled by the EPP, S&D, ECR, ALDE, and Greens/EFA groups.

Parliament stated that the INF Treaty, signed in 1987 by the United States and the Soviet Union, is a cornerstone for maintaining world peace and regional security, and had contributed to containing strategic competition between the US and the Soviet Union, and subsequently the Russian Federation, and to building and reinforcing stability in the Cold War era.


Members expressed deep concern at the breaches of the Treaty, and the subsequent announcements by the US and then Russia regarding the suspension of their obligations under it and their withdrawal from it within a period of six months.

US-EU Agreement cooperation in the regulation of civil aviation safety, December 2018

European Parliament legislative resolution of 13 December 2018 on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of an amendment to the Agreement between the United States of America and the European Community on cooperation in the regulation of civil aviation safety.

State of EU-US relations, September 2018

In a resolution on the state of EU-US relations, approved by 490 votes to 148, with 51 abstentions, MEPs stress that the EU-US relationship is the fundamental guarantor for global stability, but regret that the current US administration has chosen a one-sided "America first" policy, that harms the interests of both the EU and the US and undermines mutual trust.

MEPs seek more clarity on whether the transatlantic bond is still relevant for American partners, as, after the election of US President Trump, MEPs find it difficult to understand new approaches taken by the US on global issues and regional conflicts. "Unilateral moves only weaken the transatlantic partnership," the resolution says.

Implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy, December 2018

The European Parliament adopted by 401 votes to 173, a resolution following the Council's annual report on the implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy.

In a context where the EU's security environment is now more volatile, unpredictable, complex, Parliament stressed that the time has come for the European Union to take its destiny into its own hands and embrace its role as a fully-fledged, sovereign political and economic power in international relations.

Convinced that no single EU Member State can respond effectively to today's global challenges on its own, Members called for a genuine common European foreign and security policy, based on strategic autonomy and its integration, including in terms of capabilities, in the areas of industry and operations.

Adverse effects of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), July 2018

The European Parliament adopted by 470 votes to 43 with 26 abstentions a resolution tabled by the Committee on Petitions on the adverse effects of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) on EU citizens and in particular 'accidental Americans'. It noted that its Committee on Petitions was seized with a petition from a collective of European citizens raising concerns about the adverse effects of FATCA, its implementing intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) and the extraterritorial impact of citizenship-based taxation (CBT).
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