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 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).

The US Delegation Enlarged Bureau Members will hold talks in Washington D.C.

16-07-2021 - 11:08
US Capitol in Washington, DC © Belga/AFP/K.Bleier US Capitol in Washington, DC © Belga/AFP/K.Bleier
US Capitol in Washington, DC © Belga/AFP/K.Bleier © Belga/AFP/K.Bleier
The Bureau of the US Delegation - Chair Radosław Sikorski, Vice-Chair Miapetra Kumpula-Natri and Vice-Chair Nicolae Ştefănuță - will travel to Washington D.C. for an in-person meeting from 19 to 22 July 2021. In addition to the Bureau Members, the Chair of the AFET committee David McAllister and the Chair of the INTA committee Bernd Lange will participate in the visit as well. Holding an in-person meeting in Washington D.C. will enable the parliamentarians to build upon the new momentum in transatlantic EU-US relations following the convening of the 117th Congress on 3 January 2021, the change in US administration on 20 January 2021, as well as the EU-US Summit in Brussels on 15 June 2021. The visit will give the Members an opportunity to engage with their counterparts in the US House of Representatives, key Senators, administration stakeholders, think tanks and political parties.

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)
Leaders' Meeting, EU-US Summit, 15 June 2021, Brussels.jpg © European Union 2021 (Council)
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.

D-US Delegation with EU Ambassador to the US ahead of Biden visit to Brussels in June

20-05-2021 - 08:42
On 12 May, the US delegation exchanged views with EU Ambassador to the US, Stavros Lambrinidis, on the Biden administration priorities and positions, political landscape in Washington D.C., and the perspectives for EU-US cooperation ahead of the planned EU-US summit with President Biden in Brussels mid-June.

D-US delegation with AIDA Committee

20-05-2021 - 08:39
AIDA-D-US Joint meeting AIDA-D-US Joint meeting
Website-Article_Quantum-Computing-1.jpg © GAVS Technologies
On 23 April, the US Delegation held a joint discussion with the AIDA Special Committee on Quantum Computing as a possible area for transatlantic EU-US cooperation. Experts from business and academic fields as well as from the European Commission participated in the discussion.

International Women's Day 2021

13-04-2021 - 17:10
Celebration on the occasion of International Women's Day featuring President of the European Parliament David Sassoli,  Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, US Vice President Kamala Harris and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen Celebration on the occasion of International Women's Day featuring President of the European Parliament David Sassoli,  Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, US Vice President Kamala Harris and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen
Celebration on the occasion of International Women's Day featuring President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, US Vice President Kamala Harris and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen © European Union 2021-EP
US Vice President Kamala Harris gave a pre-recorded video address before the European Parliament on International Women's Day on 8 March 2021. Vice President Harris called on nations to build a world that works for women. "If we build a world that works for women, our nations will all be safer, stronger, and more prosperous," she said.

China’s race to supplant US-led global order

03-03-2021 - 08:20
photo collage of D-US Chair Radek Sikorski and D-CN Chair Reinhard Bütikofer photo collage of D-US Chair Radek Sikorski and D-CN Chair Reinhard Bütikofer
D-US Chair Radek Sikorski and D-CN Chair Reinhard Bütikofer © European Union 2021 (EP)
On 18 February, the Delegation for relations with the United States and the Delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China organised a joint meeting on EU-US cooperation on China, with special guest Kevin Rudd.

Towards a new EU-US Security and Defence Dialogue

08-02-2021 - 15:29
close ups of SEDE Chair Nathalie Loiseau and EEAS Deputy Secretary General for Common Security and Defence Policy Charles Fries close ups of SEDE Chair Nathalie Loiseau and EEAS Deputy Secretary General for Common Security and Defence Policy Charles Fries
27 January 2021 SEDE D-US meeting © European Union 2021 (EP)
On 27 January, the Subcommittee on Security and Defence and the Delegation for relations with the United States of America (D-US), met with representatives of the EEAS, the German Marshall Fund and the Penn Biden Center, to look into perspectives for a future bilateral transatlantic dialogue in security and defence.
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