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European Democrats’ mission to the United States

EDP meets NYC Mayor Eric Adams
Leo Wilkinson

The European Democratic Party completed on 18 November this year’s visit to the United States. A delegation led by EDP Secretary-General Sandro Gozi included European parliamentarians Sylvie Brunet, Laurence Farreng and Christophe Grudler. Some 30 meetings were held between 14 and 18 November 2022 with US policymakers, UN officials, the US Democratic Party and policy experts.

The meetings strengthened EDP relations with Democrats – both in New York and Washington – reaffirming our pledge to multilateralism through the United Nations, build links with top progressive think-tanks in Washington and continue to build links within the US Congress. The result of those meetings will include events and initiatives planned for the pipeline in 2023 and beyond.

The trip began in New York, to meet with Mayor Eric Adams. A statement by EDP after the meeting said: “America’s biggest city will remain vibrant, safe, and forward-looking thanks to the work by Mayor Adams and his team.”

Delegation leader and EDP Secretary General Sandro Gozi commented: “Work done by Mayor Adams and his team impresses us. They have a robust approach to building a sustainable, secure and inclusive New York while harnessing digitalisation. They understood the far-reaching challenges surrounding cybersecurity and ecological transition at the centre of the political agenda on both sides of the pond.”

The delegation invited Mayor Adams to the European Parliament A meeting followed later that day with experts on Smart Cities, financing the energy transition and digital transition frameworks at the World Economic Forum.

Exchange with United Nations Women

The delegation met on 15 November with UN officials, including UN bodies UNESCO and UN Women. Officials like UN Women’s Sarah Hendriks met with the delegation, providing added insight into efforts at international level to ensure women attain full gender equality and empowerment and the full enjoyment of their human rights. EDP applauded the work by UN Women for gender equality and women's empowerment. Earlier that day they also met with heads of delegations to the United Nations from France and the European Union.

Sandro Gozi speaks at World Affairs Councils of America National Conference 2022

Sandro Gozi gave a keynote address on “Revitalising Europe: Forging New Relationships for a Stable Global Order” to an audience of 150 members from the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) network during their annual national conference in Washington. Gozi shared thoughts on the future of democracy, rule of law, and a need for Europe to go beyond being a 'value' power, or having 'soft' power, but a future with 'firepower'. In this new global disorder, faced with new global challenges, Europe needs to become a power, building up European sovereignty. That includes on military, digital, industrial, and energy fronts.

Meetings on Capitol Hill, think tanks, foundations

The Washington leg from 16-18 November featured a meeting with U.S. Democrats at Congressional, party and think-tank levels. The delegation built on links begun in November 2021. Top officials from the US Democratic Party – the Democratic National Committee met with the delegation, so too did Congress members Abigail Spanberger, Bobby Scott and Don Beyer.

The EDP delegation also took part in a Legislators’ Forum on Innovations in Democracy at the U.S. Capitol. It focused on practice sharing, especially citizen engagement around the world. They were joined by legislators from the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Greece and the United Kingdom.

Meetings with think tanks took place in the U.S. capital to exchange insights and plan for future projects. EDP delegation members met with the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), which included PPI President Will Marshall and Congressmen Brendan Boyle and Jim Costa. They also met with the Centre for American Progress, National Democratic Institute, National Endowment for Democracy and the Atlantic Council.