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Sandro Gozi and European Democrats in Washington DC to meet US Democrats

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A delegation of 6 MEPs from the European Democratic Party (EDP) led by Sandro GOZI is travelling to the United States from 31st October to 4th November for high-level meetings in Washington DC with US lawmakers, government officials and think-tanks.

Just as the European Parliament prepares the 2nd half of this legislature, the EDP wants to kick-start a partnership with US Democrats during this one-week mission in Washington DC. The delegation will discuss a range of issues that are of interest for both Europe and the US, including as China, cybersecurity, trade, digital innovation and the energy transition.

Sandro GOZI, EDP Secretary General and leader of the delegation said: “it is high time that democrats on both sides of the Atlantic work more closely together. European and US Democrats have everything to gain from regular exchanges like these. For example, how to effectively tackle climate change, making our democracies more resilient, boosting the green recovery from the Covid-19 crisis, but also how to fight nationalism and the far-right.”

The delegation will be meeting Representative Jim MCGOVERN (D-Massachusetts, Chair), Senator Tom CARPER (D-Delaware), Representative Jim COSTA (D-California), Representative Ruben GALLEGO (D-Arizona), and the co-chairs of the Congressional European Union Caucus, Representatives Brendan BOYLE (D-Pennsylvania) and Joe WILSON (R-South Carolina). The program also includes meetings with the State Department, Brookings Institution, the German Marshall Fund and the Atlantic Council.

The EDP is European political party that brings together political parties and MEPs who want a Union closer to its citizens. We are a trans-national political movement committed to building a European democracy based on the shared values of peace, freedom, solidarity, and education, while proudly affirming its culture in tomorrow’s world. We are part of Renew Europe group in the European Parliament.

Our delegation will be composed of French MEPs:

  • Sylvie BRUNET - Renew Europe Group Vice-Coordinator for the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs,
  • Laurence FARRENG - Renew Europe Group Coordinator for the Committee on Culture and Education,
  • Christophe GRUDLER - Renew Europe Group Vice-Coordinator for the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, and
  • Marie-Pierre VEDRENNE - Copresident of the French delegation Renaissance and Vice-Chair of the Committee on International Trade,

and Italian MEPs:

  • Nicola DANTI – Renew Europe Group Vice-President, and
  • Sandro GOZI.