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European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of the TLD stand in a meeting room in Washington, D.C.
Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue, 27 February 2019, with former European Parliament President Antonio Tajani and US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi - © European Union (2019) - European Parliament

European Parliament meets US Congress in Paris and Bazoches-sur-Guyonne

The living room at Jean Monnet's House in Bazoches-sur-Guyonne. © European Union 2020 (EP)
The 84th EU-US Inter-Parliamentary Meeting under the Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue (TLD) will take place on 21 and 22 May 2022 in Paris and Bazoches-sur-Guyonne (Jean Monnet House). The main discussion topics include Ukraine, Russia, China, EU-US Transatlantic Dialogue on Trade and Technology, energy security and climate.

The aim of the meeting is to take stock of the current legislative agendas on both sides of the Atlantic and to exchange views on how to strengthen transatlantic cooperation in common policy areas such as support of Ukraine where both Houses have responsibility.

The EP delegation is led by TLD Co-Chair Radosław SIKORSKI (European People's Party, Poland) who chairs the Parliament's Delegation for relations with the United States. It will be composed of 10 MEPs from 5 political groups. TLD Steering Committee Co-Chair Bernd LANGE (S&D, Germany) also participates. The Congress Delegation is bipartisan and composed of 10 Representatives sitting on various House committees, including Foreign Affairs, Ways and Means, Homeland Security and Energy and Commerce. It is led by TLD Co-Chair Jim COSTA (Democrat, California)

Statement by the TLD Co-Chairs following the Russian invasion of Ukraine

The Co-Chairs of the Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue (TLD), Jim Costa and Radek Sikorski, issued a statement following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

''We, the European and American Co-Chairs of the Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue, are united in expressing our complete support and solidarity for the people and government of Ukraine in the face of the unprovoked, unjustifiable and criminal attack launched by Putin and his kleptocratic regime.''

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

First Trade and Technology Council Meeting: TLD Statement

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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

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 of the Chairs sigining 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

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

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)
Statement by Transatlantic Legislators’ Dialogue Co-Chairs Jim Costa and Radosław Sikorski on U.S. President Biden’s Trip to Europe.

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.

TLD Leadership

In October 2019, Radek Sikorski, a Member of the European Parliament from Poland belonging to the EPP group, was elected Chair of the Delegation for relations with the US (D-US) in the European Parliament.

As Chair of the D-US, Mr Sikorski became EU Co-Chair of the Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue (TLD). The delegation Vice-Chairs, Miapetra Kumpula-Natri and Nicolae Ștefănuță are also Vice-Chairs of the TLD.

Representative Jim Costa (Democrat, California) was appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the US TLD Co-Chair. Representative Ann Wagner (Republican, Missouri) is the Ranking Member from the Republican Party.
Two portrait photos of the TLD's Co-Chairs: Jim Costa, Radek Sikorski - © European Union (2020) - European Parliament
© US Congress and the European Union (2019) - European Parliament
Co-Chairs of the Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue: Jim Costa (D-CA), Radek Sikorski (MEP, EPP, PL)

Enhancing exchanges

The Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue (TLD) works to enhance exchanges between legislators working in the European Parliament and the US Congress. It was officially established as a formal response by Parliament and Congress to the commitments set in the New Transatlantic Agenda of 1995.

In practical terms, the TLD comprises bi-annual meetings alternately in Europe and the US. When these meetings are held in the EU, they usually take place in the capital of the country holding the EU presidency while the meetings in Washington, DC also provide an opportunity for MEPs to engage with US Senators.

The aim of the dialogue is to maintain policy-oriented cooperation in key areas, especially where the two Houses have responsibility as legislators.