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

Welcome to the new website of the Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue (TLD)!

We hope that these pages will inform, engage and help all those in the transatlantic community working to enhance EU-US cooperation between parliamentarians but also governments, businesses, civil society and of course our citizens.

We want to thank you for your work and assure you of our own personal commitment to reinforce the transatlantic bond at these very challenging times for our two continents and the world.

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Article on "Transatlantic Parliamentary Diplomacy" focusing on security and defence and the TLD, in a publication by the EU Institute for Security Studies.

Joint Declaration on racial equity, equality and justice

On 22 September 2020, MEPs and Representatives from the United States Congress and the United States Helsinki Commission met via video-conference.

The subject was Racial equity, equality and justice. The meeting aimed to reinforce US-EU parliamentary coordination in combatting racism and systemic discrimination. TLD Co-Chairs Radek Sikorski and Jim Costa were among the legislators from both Houses who co-signed the following joint declaration:

TLD Joint Statement of 24 August 2020 on EU-US relations

The Co-Chairs of the Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue, Radek Sikorski and Jim Costa, along with the Vice-Chairs of the D-US Delegation, the Chairs of the EP Foreign Affairs and International Trade Committees and of the Delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China, issued a statement on 24 August 2020, calling for continued and increased cooperation in overcoming the health crisis caused by Covid-19; exiting the economic recession quickly; showing transatlantic leadership in the international arena and collaborating on China and Russia.

TLD Joint statement of 24 August 2020 on the presidential elections in Belarus

The Bureau of the D-US Delegation and the US Co-Chair of the Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue have issued a joint statement regarding the presidential elections of 9 August in Belarus.

TLD Inter-parliamentary Meeting postponed

The meeting of the Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue (TLD) scheduled to take place in Croatia on 19 and 20 June 2020 has been postponed due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Co-Chairs Costa and Sikorski have been having monthly virtual meetings since April and plan to convene the next US-EU Inter-Parliamentary meeting as soon as this is feasible.

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.

In January 2019, Representative Jim Costa (D-CA) was appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the new US TLD Co-Chair. A new Ranking Member from the Republican Party is yet to be appointed.
Two portrait photos of the TLD's Co-Chairs: Jim Costa, Radek Sikorski - © European Union (2020) - European Parliament
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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.