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2020

 

The European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington in 2020

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.
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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.
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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.
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European Parliament President Sassoli officially congratulated Unites States President-elect Joseph Biden on his victory in the 2020 election.
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On October 21st, the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University hosted a discussion on “The EU Green Deal”. The event was moderated by Jonas Heering, a second year German and European Studies graduate student and featured MEP Nicolae Ștefănuță and Mr. Magnus Nordanskog of the European Parliamentary Liaison Office.
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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.
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This month we welcomed Corbin, Maggie, Ana, and Andrew! They join us from Ohio, South Carolina, Florida, and Michigan. Despite current obstacles these young transatlantic enthusiasts are here helping our office and experiencing from a front row a most interesting moment in their nation’s capital.
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On September 22, 2020 Members of the European Parliament from the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, the Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Delegation for Relations with the United States and from the Delegtion for Relations with the United States joined the U.S. Helsinki Commission Chairman Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20), other Helsinki Commissioners, and select members of Congress discussing racial equity, equality and justice with the goal of reinforcing US-EU parliamentary coordination to combat racism and systemic discrimination.  Following the meeting, participants issued a joint declaration on transatlantic collaboration to address racism and systemic discrimination, including the establishment of a forum for a regular exchange of views between elected representatives and stakeholders on both sides of the Atlantic.
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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.
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Members of the European Parliament and the US Congress express their concern about the conduct of the August 9 presidential elections in Belarus and call for concrete actions.
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Statement by European Parliament’s President and leaders of political groups on the Schuman Declaration anniversary (9th May).
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U.S. Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs; David McAllister, MEP, Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs; Norbert Röttgen, MdB, Chair of the German Bundestag Committee on Foreign Affairs; and Tom Tugendhat, MP, Chair of the U.K. House of Commons Committee on Foreign Affairs made the following statement:
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On 29 April we celebrate 10 years in Washington, DC, even if it's from our homes. Thanks to all the lawmakers, staff, interns and our many partners for helping us build stronger transatlantic ties over the last decade. Here's to the next 10 years!
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Find out what the European Institutions are doing to mitigate the impact of the Covid19 outbreak, protect people and the economy and promote solidarity.
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As part of the EU’s joint response to the COVID-19 outbreak, MEPs almost unanimously adopted three urgent proposals in an extraordinary plenary session, on Thursday.
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Parliament is working with member states to ensure that the EU can buy ventilators, masks and other medical equipment to be put at the disposal of hospitals across the EU.
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MEPs call on the US administration to respect international law and US federal law on protecting asylum seekers, who must not, by any means, be criminalised.
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A delegation of seven MEPs visited Washington and Boston from 23 to 28 February to discuss the state of play on major Civil Liberties Committee topics with US authorities and stakeholders.
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A delegation of trade MEPs will meet their American counterparts in Congress and US trade officials on a four-day visit to urge easing of current EU-US trade tensions.
The seven-member delegation, led by Bernd Lange (S&D, DE), the chairman of the Committee on International Trade, is in Washington, DC between 24-27 February, 2020. The first trade delegation to the US of the current legislature, and also since 2013, the trade MEPs expect to discuss about possible positive developments in trade relations between the EU and its largest trade partner. MEPs will argue for common solutions to common problems with the US.
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The Civil Liberties Committee visits the US annually to obtain information on the state of play in the US on major topics that are dealt by the Committee
Eight Civil Liberties MEPs will travel to Washington and Boston to discuss data protection, law enforcement, counter-terrorism and AI with authorities, experts and stakeholders.
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Environment and Public Health MEPs will debate on Monday the Coronavirus outbreak with the Executive Director of the EU Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
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2020