Briefing 
 

US Vice-President Joe Biden to address MEPs 

US Vice-President Joe Biden will deliver a speech at a formal sitting of Parliament on Thursday 6 May, during a trip to Europe which MEPs hope will help achieve progress on several issues in EU-US relations. Mr Biden's address to Parliament comes almost 25 years to the day after President Ronald Reagan addressed MEPs, on 8 May 1985, to mark the 40th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.

During his visit to Brussels and Madrid from 5 to 8 May, Mr Biden plans mainly to discuss transatlantic security issues and ways to improve EU-US cooperation on counter-terrorism. In recent parliamentary debates, MEPs have expressed hope that the visit will also help settle other controversial issues, such as the agreements on the transfer of European air passenger and bank transaction data.  


Formal sitting:  06.05.2010, 12:00 - 12:30