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.
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.
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.
The coronavirus pandemic continues to challenge people and governments across the globe. International dialogue has never been so important. As the European Parliament’s Washington office marks its tenth anniversary, lawmakers from both sides of the Atlantic share their message of cooperation and solidarity.
Europe and the United States have emerged as two key battlegrounds for state-backed disinformation efforts around the coronavirus pandemic. EU High Representative Josep Borrell has called disinformation around the coronavirus the “global battle of narratives.” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said such campaigns are designed to “try and place confusion in the world” around the origin of the virus and governments’ response to it. Teaming up with our partners at the German Marshall Fund of the United States this event brought together European Parliament Member Sophie In't Veld Chair of European Parliament's Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights Monioring Group and Laura Rosenberger, Director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy at GMF. The result is a great discussion between transatlantic experts on disinformation and the challenges Europe and the United States are facing together.