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The State of the European Union. September 16, 2020
Click below to find out more on the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen's speech to the European Parliament's plenary and the House's reaction to the new EU plans to tackle climate change, racism, health threats and migration.
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.
The Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue Co-Chairs Radek Sikorski and Jim Costa, along with the Vice-Chairs of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with the US, 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 highlighting four main objectives: helping to overcome the acute health crisis; exiting the economic recession quickly; showing transatlantic leadership in the international arena and collaborating on China and Russia.
European Parliament Vice President for Relations with North America, Mairead McGuinness joined the European Parliament Liaison Office during an online event with alumni and friends from the Center for European Studies of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts with a strong and timely transatlantic message.
Three time zones. Two continents. One movie. Same values. The European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington D.C. teamed up with the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in LA and the Center for European Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a US Coast to Coast - Transatlantic LUX Prize movie screening and webinar.
EU lawmaker Bernd Lange and US Congress Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) spoke on EU-US trade relations with the Honorable Carlos Gutierrez moderating the discussion. Despite recent setbacks and ongoing irritants, the parliamentarians remained hopeful of future EU-US trade progress, calling the transatlantic partnership one of “the most important economic relationships in the world.”
In a joint event on US and EU relations with China, MEP Reinhard Bütikofer and Schar School of Policy and Government scholars Ming Wan and Ellen Laipson rejected a simplified cold-war paradigm, giving instead nuanced perspectives into the rise of US-China tensions and the EU’s relations with both countries. It was noted that the EU is in the best position to lead cooperation on global issues like climate change and pandemic response. Despite asymmetries between US and EU interests in China, panelists agreed for the need to reaffirm shared transatlantic values and identify common interests for future cooperation on Asia-Pacific policy.