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General documents - The future of the INF Treaty and the impact on the European Union, February 2019 - Delegation for relations with the United States

Mo 24 Jun 2019 13:19:07 CEST

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the future of the INF Treaty and the impact on the European Union.

The resolution was tabled by the EPP, S&D, ECR, ALDE, and Greens/EFA groups.

Parliament stated that the INF Treaty, signed in 1987 by the United States and the Soviet Union, is a cornerstone for maintaining world peace and regional security, and had contributed to containing strategic competition between the US and the Soviet Union, and subsequently the Russian Federation, and to building and reinforcing stability in the Cold War era.

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Members expressed deep concern at the breaches of the Treaty, and the subsequent announcements by the US and then Russia regarding the suspension of their obligations under it and their withdrawal from it within a period of six months.


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General documents - Implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy, December 2018 - Delegation for relations with the United States

Mo 24 Jun 2019 13:19:03 CEST
The European Parliament adopted by 401 votes to 173, a resolution following the Council's annual report on the implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy.

In a context where the EU's security environment is now more volatile, unpredictable, complex, Parliament stressed that the time has come for the European Union to take its destiny into its own hands and embrace its role as a fully-fledged, sovereign political and economic power in international relations.

Convinced that no single EU Member State can respond effectively to today's global challenges on its own, Members called for a genuine common European foreign and security policy, based on strategic autonomy and its integration, including in terms of capabilities, in the areas of industry and operations.


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General documents - State of EU-US relations, September 2018 - Delegation for relations with the United States

Mo 24 Jun 2019 11:04:59 CEST

In a resolution on the state of EU-US relations, approved by 490 votes to 148, with 51 abstentions, MEPs stress that the EU-US relationship is the fundamental guarantor for global stability, but regret that the current US administration has chosen a one-sided "America first" policy, that harms the interests of both the EU and the US and undermines mutual trust.

MEPs seek more clarity on whether the transatlantic bond is still relevant for American partners, as, after the election of US President Trump, MEPs find it difficult to understand new approaches taken by the US on global issues and regional conflicts. "Unilateral moves only weaken the transatlantic partnership," the resolution says.


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General documents - Adverse effects of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), July 2018 - Delegation for relations with the United States

Mo 24 Jun 2019 11:04:46 CEST
The European Parliament adopted by 470 votes to 43 with 26 abstentions a resolution tabled by the Committee on Petitions on the adverse effects of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) on EU citizens and in particular 'accidental Americans'. It noted that its Committee on Petitions was seized with a petition from a collective of European citizens raising concerns about the adverse effects of FATCA, its implementing intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) and the extraterritorial impact of citizenship-based taxation (CBT).

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General documents - The adequacy of the protection afforded by the EU-US Privacy Shield, July 2018 - Delegation for relations with the United States

Mo 24 Jun 2019 11:04:37 CEST

The European Parliament adopted by 303 votes to 223 with 29 abstentions a resolution tabled by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs on the adequacy of the protection afforded by the EU-US Privacy Shield.

Taking note of the improvements compared to the Safe Harbour agreement, Parliament nevertheless highlighted the persistent weaknesses of the Privacy Shield as regards the respect of fundamental rights of data subjects.

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Parliament called on the Commission to take all the necessary measures to ensure that the Privacy Shield will fully comply with Regulation (EU) 2016/679, to be applied as from 25 May 2018, and with the EU Charter, so that adequacy does not lead to loopholes or competitive advantage for US companies.


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General documents - EU-NATO relations, June 2018 - Delegation for relations with the United States

Mo 24 Jun 2019 11:03:57 CEST

The European Parliament adopted by 569 votes to 84 with 35 abstentions, a resolution on EU-NATO relations.

Members were convinced that the EU and NATO, who share the same values in pursuit of international peace and security, faced similar strategic challenges. With 22 members in common, they have converging strategic interests including the protection of their citizens against any threats.

Parliament stressed the importance of developing a common European strategic culture and achieving common threat perception, while the Union must work to strengthen its strategic autonomy.

Parliament encouraged all EU Member States that are also members of NATO to redouble their efforts to achieve the 2% of GDP defence target, and to allocate 20% of this spending to the acquisition of major new equipment.


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General documents - US measures on EU farm support under the CAP (context of Spanish olives), March 2018 - Delegation for relations with the United States

Mo 24 Jun 2019 11:03:26 CEST

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on US measures on EU farm support under the CAP (in the context of Spanish olives).

The text adopted in plenary was tabled by the EPP, S&D, ECR, ALDE, Greens/EFA, GUE/NGL and EFDD groups.

The interim decision taken by the US Department of Commerce imposed a tariff on Spanish olives after concluding that the subsidies that the olive producers received in the EU meant that olive products could be imported into the US at below market price.


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General documents - The adequacy of the protection afforded by the EU-US Privacy Shield, April 2017 - Delegation for relations with the United States

Mo 24 Jun 2019 11:03:03 CEST
The European Parliament adopted by 306 votes to 240, with 40 abstentions, a resolution tabled by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs on the adequacy of the protection afforded by the EU-US Privacy Shield.

The EU-US Privacy Shield replaced the former Safe Harbour decision, which was invalidated by a EU Court of Justice judgment on 6 October 2015 (the Schrems case).

Parliament welcomed the fact that, following further discussions with the US administration, the Commission adopted its implementing decision 2016/1250 declaring the adequate level of protection for personal data transferred from the Union to organisations in the United States under the EU-US Privacy Shield.

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General documents - Protection of personal information relating to criminal offenses, December 2016 - Delegation for relations with the United States

Mo 24 Jun 2019 11:02:49 CEST

2016/0126(NLE) - 01/12/2016 Text adopted by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading

The European Parliament adopted by 481 votes to 75, with 88 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Agreement between the United States of America and the European Union on the protection of personal information relating to the prevention, investigation, detection, and prosecution of criminal offenses.

In line with the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, the European Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the Agreement.

The Agreement aims at establishing a comprehensive framework of data protection principles and safeguards when personal information is transferred for criminal law enforcement purposes between the United States, on the one hand, and the European Union or its Member States on the other. Its objective is to ensure a high level of data protection.


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General documents - Transatlantic data flows, May 2016 - Delegation for relations with the United States

Mo 24 Jun 2019 10:59:45 CEST
The European Parliament adopted by 501 votes to 119, with 31 abstentions, a resolution on transatlantic data flows.

The text was adopted in plenary by the EPP, S&D, ECR, ALDE and EFDD groups.

Members recalled that the European Court of Justice invalidated the Safe Harbour decision in its judgment of 6 October 2015 in Case C-362/14 Maximillian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner and clarified that an adequate level of protection in a third country must be understood to be 'essentially equivalent' to the protection provided in the Union.

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General documents - Recommendations to the EC on TTIP, July 2015 - Delegation for relations with the United States

Mo 24 Jun 2019 10:59:11 CEST

2014/2228(INI) - 08/07/2015 Text adopted by Parliament, single reading

The European Parliament adopted by 436 votes to 241, with 32 abstentions, a resolution containing the European Parliaments recommendations to the European Commission on the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Plenary noted that the EU and the US are key strategic partners and that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is the most significant recent EU-US project and should reinvigorate the transatlantic partnership as a whole, beyond its trade aspects.


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General documents - US NSA surveillance programme in Member States and citizens' rights, March 2014 - Delegation for relations with the United States

Mo 24 Jun 2019 10:57:35 CEST
As the inquiry into NSA spying operations continues, Parliament discusses better data protection at home.
The European Parliament adopted by 544 votes to 78 with 60 abstentions, a resolution on the US NSA surveillance programme, surveillance bodies in various Member States and their impact on EU citizens' fundamental rights and on transatlantic cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs.

Parliament noted that in comparison to actions taken both by EU institutions and by certain EU Member States, the European Parliament had taken very seriously its obligation to shed light on the revelations on the indiscriminate practices of mass surveillance of EU citizens.

It instructed its Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs to conduct an in-depth inquiry into the matter.

Members considered that revelations in the press, together with the expert evidence given during this inquiry, have provided compelling evidence of the existence of far-reaching, complex and highly technologically advanced systems designed to collect, store and analyse communication data.

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General documents - Extension EC-USA scientific and technological cooperation agreement, March 2014 - Delegation for relations with the United States

Mo 24 Jun 2019 10:57:14 CEST
The purpose of this resolution is to extend the Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Union and the Government of the United States of America.

This agreement has been in force since October 1998 by Decision 98/591/EC (see CNS/1998/0095) of the Council.

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General documents - Beef imports from animals not treated with growth hormones, December 2013 - Delegation for relations with the United States

Mo 24 Jun 2019 10:56:30 CEST
The European Parliament adopted on 10th December 2013, in Strasbourg, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the signature of a revised Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United States of America.

This MoU concerns the importation of beef from animals not treated with certain growth-promoting hormones and the increased duties applied by the United States to certain products of the European Union.

The European Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the revised Memorandum of Understanding.

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General documents - Suspension of the SWIFT agreement due to NSA surveillance, October 2013 - Delegation for relations with the United States

Mo 24 Jun 2019 10:56:09 CEST
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The European Parliament adopted by 280 votes to 254, with 30 abstentions a resolution on the suspension of the TFTP agreement as a result of US National Security Agency surveillance.
The resolution was tabled by the S&D, Greens/EFA and ALDE groups.
It asked the Commission to suspend the Agreement on the processing and transfer of Financial Messaging Data from the EU to the US for the purposes of the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP Agreement). Members were seriously concerned about recently revealed documents on the NSA's activities as regards direct access to financial payment messages and related data, which would constitute a clear breach of the Agreement.

Members called for a full on-site technical investigation into allegations that the US authorities have had unauthorised access or created possible back doors in the SWIFT servers.

The Parliament reiterated the need to base any data sharing agreement with the US on a coherent legal data protection framework.

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General documents - A broader Transatlantic partnership, June 2013 - Delegation for relations with the United States

Mo 24 Jun 2019 10:55:44 CEST
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The European Parliament issued a resolution on 13 June 2013 on the role of the EU in promoting a broader Transatlantic Partnership (2012/2287(INI))

In this resolution, the Parliament invites Barack Obama to address the European Parliament at its plenary session in Strasbourg during his next visit to Europe.

The resolution stresses that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will represent a significant boost to the EU and US economies. It will reinvigorate the EU-US relationship, and its global impact would go beyond its bilateral implications, by providing common approaches to rules and standards in global trade, investment and trade-related areas.

Among other topics, the resolution also underlines the need for a debate on armed drones and their limits and the need to take steps towards a future international regulation, given the global implications.

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EuroparlTV-Video - Studie erforscht Auswirkung von E-Demokratie auf EU-Bürger und Entscheidungsträger

Fr 21 Jun 2019 12:14:08 CEST
Geräte wie Tablets und Smart Phones verbinden Bürger und Entscheidungsträger in Europa über digitale Demokratie. Dies schafft Vertrauen in die EU und verbessert die demokratischen Prozesse. Das Referat Wissenschaftliche Vorausschau (STOA) des Europäischen Parlaments lernt aus dieser Online-Transformation den Einsatz digitaler Tools in Entscheidungsprozessen.


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EuroparlTV-Video - Neue Erkenntnisse über virale Online-Inhalte und Einfluss sozialer Medien

Fr 21 Jun 2019 12:12:07 CEST
Warum verbreiten sich bestimmte Posts in sozialen Medien viral und andere nicht? Der Europäische Science Media Hub bat Experten, den Einfluss von Online-Messaging zu diskutieren und veröffentlichte seine Ergebnisse in einem Bericht.


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Agenda - The Week Ahead 24 – 30 June 2019

Fr 21 Jun 2019 11:44:00 CEST
The Week Ahead 24 – 30 June 2019

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Do 20 Jun 2019 17:30:45 CEST
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General documents - 5th EP-Afghanistan IPM, December 2018, Kabul - Delegation for relations with Afghanistan

Do 20 Jun 2019 16:00:31 CEST
Meeting in Kabul on 18 December 2018 as 5th Afghanistan/EU Inter-Parliamentary Meeting, the Wolesi Jirga delegation and the EP delegation hold a deep and fruitful discussion both on the current situation in Afghanistan and on the bilateral Afghan/EU relations.

The two parties agreed on the importance of the parliamentary and democratic process of Afghanistan, this being a crucial element in the stabilization of the country and in providing freedom and security to each citizen.

The parliamentarians expressed their support to an inclusive and Afghan led reconciliation process, based on the respect of rule of law and human rights and aimed to reach a sustainable peace and development for the country.

As unique direct representatives of citizens, the members of parliaments discussed the common agenda of Afghanistan and the European Union, covering issues such as fight against corruption and impunity, sound coordination of donors, drug production, fighting extremism, tackle climate changes and the regional implications of the Afghan situation.

The two parties believe that the Afghanistan/EU Cooperation Agreement and Partnership and Development will be a cornerstone in further strengthening mutual relations.


The two sides also confirmed the friendship of the Afghan and European citizens and the cooperation between the European Parliament and the Wolesi Jirga.

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General documents - 4th EP-Afghanistan IPM, February 2017, Kabul - Delegation for relations with Afghanistan

Do 20 Jun 2019 16:00:24 CEST
Members of the Delegation for relations with Afghanistan (D-AF) travelled to Afghanistan to meet with members of the Wolesi Jirga EU Friendship Group in Kabul on 21 February 2017. The joint declaration of this third inter-parliamentary meeting expressed the delegations' willingness to:
  • reaffirm their friendship and their lasting commitment to strengthening the stability of the democratic institutions, the security of the country and the welfare of the population in Afghanistan;

  • support the Afghan efforts for an inclusive process of reconciliation, based on the respect of rule of law and human rights and aimed to overcome the decades of insecurity in the country;

  • stress the importance of human and social-economic development, including the access to education to all sectors of the population and the strengthening of an economic framework to encourage investments, raise revenue and allocate finances [...]

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General documents - 3rd EP-Afghanistan IPM, February 2009, Brussels

Do 20 Jun 2019 16:00:14 CEST
The third interparliamentary meeting between a Delegation of members of the Wolesi Jirga of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with Afghanistan was held in Brussels on 10-12 February 2009.

The Delegation of members of the Afghan Parliament to Brussels was led by Mr Salih Mohammad Saljoqi, Member for Herat Province, Secretary of the Lower House of the Afghan Parliament, the Wolesi Jirga. He was accompanied by eight other members of the Parliament and by five officials including Mr Ghulam Hassan Gran, Secretary General of the Wolesi Jirga.

The topics covered in meetings included:
  • democracy and governance and
  • budgetary oversight.
In addition to meeting with the Delegation for relations with Afghanistan, the visiting delegation met with:
  • Mr Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the European Parliament,
  • Mr Harald Rømer, Secretary-General of the European Parliament,
  • Mr Dirk Toornstra, Director Office for the Promotion of Parliamentary Democracy.

Report 3rd EP-Afghanistan IPM, 10-12 February 2009, Brussels : [EN] - [FR] - [IT]
Joint Declaration 3rd EP-Afghanistan IPM, 10-12 February 2009, Brussels : [EN] - [FR]

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General documents - 2nd EP-Afghanistan IPM, April 2008, Kabul - Delegation for relations with Afghanistan

Do 20 Jun 2019 16:00:05 CEST
Nine members of the Delegation for relations with Afghanistan (D-AF), as well as two members of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence and one member of the Committee on Budgetary Control, the EP rapporteur for Afghanistan, travelled to Afghanistan for the second inter-parliamentary meeting with the Wolesi Jirga.

The report on the trip provides a summary of the programme and the discussions.

According to the report:

"This visit combined a fact-finding mission with both a traditional interparliamentary meeting and an initial phase of assistance, in the form of exchanges of experience with members of the Wolesi Jirga.

"The mission's very full programme included meetings with the main government ministers, President Karzai, the Speakers of both Chambers and most of the Chairpersons as well as numerous members of the Wolesi Jirga's committees, EU ambassadors and representatives plus the High Representative of the Council and representatives of international organisations (UN and agencies, World Bank), NATO and many NGOs."

Report 2nd EP-Afghanistan IPM, 26 April - 1 May 2008, Kabul : [EN] - [FR] - [DE] - [IT]

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General documents - 1st EP-Afghanistan IPM, November 2007, Brussels - Delegation for relations with Afghanistan

Do 20 Jun 2019 15:59:35 CEST
The first inter-parliamentary meeting between members of a delegation of members of the Wolesi Jirga of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the European Parliament's delegation for relations with Afghanistan was held in Brussels on 27-29 November 2007.

The Afghan Parliament's delegations was led by Mr Mohammad Arif Noorzai, Deputy Speaker of the lower house of the Afghan Parliament, the Wolesi Jirga. He was accompanied by nine other members of parliament and two civil servants.

In addition to the Delegation for relations with Aghanaistan, the Afghan delegation met with:
  • the AFET and DEVE Committees,
  • Mr Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the European Parliament,
  • European Parliament political groups,
  • Mr Harald Romer, Secretary-General of the European Parliament,
  • three representatives of the French National Assembly.
The meeting included workshops on:
  • security,
  • the fight against drugs,
  • the economic situation and financial assistance,
  • governance,
  • regional and central government,
  • political and administrative cooperation in the Afghan Parliament.
A joint declaration was adopted at the conclusion of the meeting.

Report on the 1st EP-Afghanistan inter-parliamentary meeting, 27-29 November 2007, Brussels : [EN] - [FR] - [DE]
Joint declaration 1st EP-Afghanistan inter-parliamentary meeting, 27-29 November 2007, Brussels (FR) : [FR] - [EN]

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