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Looking back on the week of our parliamentary delegation in Washington DC

It is particularly important for Democrats on both sides to work more closely together.

Democrats on both sides of the Atlantic to work more closely together

EDP MEPs in Washington DC

Last week I led a delegation of 6 MEPs from the European Democratic Party were in Washington DC to meet with US Democrats, the US State Department, experts on transatlantic relations and think-tankers. The delegation was composed of Nicola DANTI from Italy, and Sylvie BRUNET, Christophe GRUDLER, Laurence FARRENG and Marie-Pierre VEDRENNE from France. I am really pleased how the meetings with US lawmakers went and we've now created many links with the US Congress that we will then strengthen in the coming months.

The content of the discussions were also particularly rich: working more closely together on disinformation online, stepping-up our actions on reducing emissions, and protecting our democracies against cyberattacks and foreign interference were some of the topics we covered. These conversations will feed directly into the policy work that European Democrats are currently preparing ahead of the Frankfurt Council in December.

These issues are crucial on both sides of the Atlantic, and it was particularly important for democrats on both sides to work more closely together. Together with Senator Tom Carper and Representatives Abigail Spanberger, Ruben Gallego and Brendan Boyle, we agreed to do exactly that. The next step: welcoming in the European Parliament some of the US democrats we met last week. There was a clear appetite on their side to continue the conversations we had, so we will do exactly that in 2022.

Sandro Gozi