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Re-engaging in the parliamentary dialogue with the United States

Motion for a resolution | Doc. 11851 | 20 March 2009

Mr Göran LINDBLAD, Sweden, EPP/CD ; Mr Francis AGIUS, Malta, EPP/CD ; Mr Denis BADRÉ, France, ALDE ; Ms Josette DURRIEU, France, SOC ; Mr Mátyás EÖRSI, Hungary, ALDE ; Mr Andreas GROSS, Switzerland, SOC ; Ms Olha HERASYM'YUK, Ukraine, EPP/CD ; Ms Sinikka HURSKAINEN, Finland, SOC ; Ms Birgen KELEŞ, Turkey, SOC ; Ms Kerstin LUNDGREN, Sweden ; Mr Jean-Claude MIGNON, France, EPP/CD ; Mr João Bosco MOTA AMARAL, Portugal, EPP/CD ; Mr Ingo SCHMITT, Germany ; Mr Rainder STEENBLOCK, Germany ; Mr Rudi VIS, United Kingdom ; Mr Luigi VITALI, Italy, EPP/CD ; Mr David WILSHIRE, United Kingdom, EDG

In January 2005, the Assembly adopted Resolution 1421 (2005) on Relations between Europe and the United States, in which it expressed concern at the deterioration in the transatlantic relationship. The Resolution contained a number of ideas and proposals for engaging in a comprehensive dialogue with the United States on parliamentary level.

Regrettably, while a number of new areas of misunderstanding between Europe and the US appeared since the adoption of Resolution 1421, almost none of the proposals contained therein have been implemented. As a consequence, inter-parliamentary contacts are at their lowest point.

We continue to believe that a constructive partnership between Europe and the United States is a key element for international peace and security, as well as for promoting democracy and the respect for human rights – values that both partners share.

This partnership becomes even more necessary at the time when the world is facing many new and unprecedented challenges, including the worst financial and economic crisis in many years.

There are signs of hope that the new US Administration will show political will and take a more responsible stand on global challenges, which can only be responded multilaterally.

The Assembly decides to take this opportunity for re-engaging parliamentary contacts with the United States Congress, and asks its competent Committee to prepare a fresh report and new proposals on this issue.