Welcome to the European Parliament Office in Washington DC
This is the website of the European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington DC. Our presence here is intended to strengthen cooperation between the United States and the European Union and to provide information to the public in the United States. Americans and Europeans together constitute the leading force in the world economy and, over the last 70 years, we have cooperated closely to enhance the cause of peace, freedom and human rights. Together we also face contemporary challenges such as the need to increase economic growth while protecting our environment. This website is intended as a window on the European Parliament to all those in the United States who are concerned with developments as legislators, officials, civil society, business, trade unions, reporters and all those studying the history and institutions of the European Union at school - and anyone interested in transatlantic relations.
“No one can consider themselves immune, not even the EU," Sassoli warns in the interview. He concludes that we need “to demonstrate through facts that democracy remains useful for the well-being of our businesses and citizens, especially the most disadvantaged” and that “[d]emocracy can be defended if we are able to adapt it to our time".
This week MEP Kumpula-Natri and Wisconsin State Representative Pope joined students from the class of "Bridge the Pond: Wisconsin & Finland" for the initiatives inaugural capstone event. Click to learn more!
European Parlliament President Sassoli wrote to congratulate US President-elect Joseph Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their recent election victory, as well as to extend an offer to the US President-elect to address the Parliament.
In a joint event on social and racial justice, members of the European Parliament and the US House of Representatives sat down to discuss a tranatlantic approach to one of the greatest tasks for society post-COVID.
Our Bridge the Pond program brings together secondary school students from the United States and the European Union, promoting dialogue and an exchange of views among youth on important topics our societies collectively face. At a time when our global connection is being constricted and severed by the Covid pandemic, this project will take advantage of a unique opportunity from that same pandemic where most students are learning virtually from home and missing many opportunities of reaching out and making new friendships.
In an online event organized by European Horizons in partnership with the European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington D.C., a panel shed light on rarely discussed aspects of systemic racism in Europe. MEP Samira Rafaela joined the panel and offered insight into efforts to combat systemic racism by the European Parliament and her own experiences with the Dutch police. The panel also discussed the perspectives of the youth from both sides of the Atlantic.