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2018/09/12
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2018/09/12
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
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The European Parliament adopted by 490 votes to 148 with 51 abstentions, a resolution on the state of EU-US relations.

An overarching framework based on shared values : Parliament emphasised that the EU-US relationship is the fundamental guarantor for global stability but believed that the current one-sided ‘ America first’ policy harms the interests of both the EU and the US, and undermines mutual.

Members were concerned at the approaches taken by the US towards addressing global issues and regional conflicts since the election of President Trump. Stressing the importance for the EU of transatlantic relations and of sustained dialogue, they sought clarity as to the relevance, for the American partners, of the transatlantic relationship.

Parliament stated that Europe has a responsibility to build up its strategic autonomy to face the growing number of common challenges, and emphasised the need for European countries to retain their ability to decide and act alone to defend their interests.

Strengthening the partnership : Parliament called for the fostering of dialogue on all elements of this partnership, including with civil society organisations. It urged the US administration to uphold the shared core values that are at the foundation of transatlantic relations, and to ensure, in all circumstances, respect for international law. The VP/HR, the Council, the Commission and Member States were called upon to enhance cooperation and effectiveness in EU policy towards the US , so as to present the EU as a unified and effective international player with a coherent message.

Members were deeply disturbed by the statements by officials of the Trump administration expressing contempt for the EU and support for xenophobic and populist forces aiming at the destruction of the European project, viewing such statements as hostile to the spirit of the transatlantic partnership.

Facing global challenges together : Parliament insisted that the EU and the US should continue to play constructive roles by jointly addressing regional conflicts and global challenges based on the principles of international law.

Recalling the importance of multilateralism for maintaining peace and stability, Members expressed concern that the recent unilateral decisions of the US – disengagement from key international agreements, revoking of certain commitments, undermining international rules, withdrawal from international forums and the fomenting of diplomatic and trade tensions – may diverge from these common values and put strain on the relationship with the EU. The asked the European Union to should show unity, firmness and proportionality in its responses and Member States must avoid any action aimed at gaining bilateral advantages to the detriment of a coherent common European approach.

Members also noted that Russia and China have robust political and economic strategies, many of which may go against the transatlantic partnership. In this respect, the committee called for increased EU-US coordination with respect to Russia, recalling the clear danger to democracies posed by fake news, and disinformation.

Whilst other major world powers, such as Russia and China, have robust political and economic strategies, which may go against the transatlantic partnership, Parliament emphasised that such developments make EU-US cooperation all the more essential to uphold open societies and promote common rights and values. It stressed the need for a joint transatlantic response addressing Russia's attempts to destabilise Western societies, and at the same time, recalled the danger posed by fake news and disinformation.

Welcoming the reaffirmation of US commitment to NATO and to European security, Parliament underlined that deepening EU-NATO cooperation also reinforces the transatlantic partnership. It welcomed the fact that defence is becoming a higher priority area for the EU and its Member States, and recalled its suggestion of creating a Transatlantic Political Council for systematic consultation and coordination on foreign and security policy.

Members stressed the need for:

the EU and the US to enhance their cooperation in the field of cybersecurity and cyber defence, namely through specialised agencies; a common approach to regulating digital platforms and to increasing their accountability in order to discuss the issues of net censorship, copyright and rights of the rightholders, personal data and the notion of net neutrality; further enhanced cooperation regarding the fight against tax evasion, tax avoidance, money laundering and terrorist financing .

Parliament noted that the EU is determined to preserve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran , as a key pillar of the international non-proliferation architecture, underlining that, according to the multiple reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran is fulfilling its commitments under the JCPOA. It strongly criticised strongly President Trump's decision to leave the JCPOA unilaterally and to impose extraterritorial measures on EU companies that are active in Iran.

With respect to the Syria, Parliament called for enhanced cooperation between the EU and the US for the peaceful resolution of the proxy war and reaffirmed the primacy of the UN-led Geneva process in the resolution of the Syrian conflict.

With respect to the Middle East peace process , Members deeply regretted the unilateral decision of the US government to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to formally recognise the city as Israel's capital, since the question of Jerusalem must be part of a final peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.

Defending a rules-based trading order : Members noted that the US decision to impose steel and aluminium tariffs cannot be justified on the grounds of national security, and called on the US to grant the EU and other allies a full and permanent exemption from the measures. The Commission was asked to respond firmly should these tariffs be used as a way to curb EU exports.

Lastly, Members stressed the role of the WTO in settling trade-related disputes and regretted the United States’ blocking of new nominations to fill the vacancies the Appellate Body, which threatens the very functioning of the WTO dispute settlement system.

Documents
2018/09/12
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2018/09/11
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2018/07/10
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
Details

The Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted the own-initiative report by Elmar BROK (EPP, DE) on the state of EU-US relations.

An overarching framework based on shared values : Members emphasised that the EU-US relationship is the fundamental guarantor for global stability and has been the cornerstone of efforts to ensure peace and stability since the end of the Second World War, as well as the building-up of a multilateral trade system based on rules and values. They believed that the current one-sided ‘America first’ policy harms the interests of both the EU and the US, undermines mutual trust and may also have wider implications for global stability.

The committee stated that it was concerned at the approaches taken by the US towards addressing global issues and regional conflicts since the election of President Trump , and sought clarity as to whether the transatlantic relationship still has the same relevance for the EU’s American partners. It underlined that the issues that bring the US and the EU together should ultimately carry greater weight than what divides them. Members stated that Europe has a responsibility to build up its strategic autonomy to face the growing number of common challenges, and emphasized the need for European countries to retain their ability to decide and act alone to defend their interests.

Strengthening the partnership : the report called for the fostering of dialogue on all elements of this partnership, including with civil society organisations. It urged the US administration to uphold the shared core values that are at the foundation of transatlantic relations, and to ensure, in all circumstances, respect for international law. The VP/HR, the Council, the Commission and Member States were called upon to enhance cooperation and effectiveness in EU policy towards the US, so as to present the EU as a unified and effective international player with a coherent message. Members were deeply disturbed by the statements by officials of the Trump administration expressing contempt for the EU and support for xenophobic and populist forces aiming at the destruction of the European project, viewing such statements as hostile to the spirit of the transatlantic partnership.

Facing global challenges together : Members insisted that the EU and the US should continue to play constructive roles by jointly addressing regional conflicts and global challenges based on the principles of international law. They felt that multilateralis m , which has maintained peace and stability, is increasingly called in question by the attitudes of the US and other world powers. Members were concerned that recent unilateral decisions of the US – disengagement from key international agreements, revoking of certain commitments, undermining international rules, withdrawal from international forums and the fomenting of diplomatic and trade tensions – may diverge from these common values and put strain on the relationship with the EU. The latter should show unity, firmness and proportionality in its responses and Member States must avoid any action aimed at gaining bilateral advantages to the detriment of a coherent common European approach. Members also noted that Russia and China have robust political and economic strategies, many of which may go against the transatlantic partnership. In this respect, the committee called for increased EU-US coordination with respect to Russia, recalling the clear danger to democracies posed by fake news, and disinformation.

Members went on to discuss:

the importance of NATO, welcoming the fact that defence is becoming a higher priority area for the EU and its Member States, and welcomed in this context the presence of US troops on EU territory. the need for the EU and the US to enhance their cooperation in the field of cybersecurity and cyber defence , namely through specialised agencies; the need for a common approach to regulating digital platforms and to increasing their accountability in order to discuss the issues of net censorship, copyright and rights of the rightholders, personal data and the notion of net neutrality;

The committee went on to note that the EU is determined to preserve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran , which the EU is determined to do its utmost to preserve, underlining that, according to the multiple reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran is fulfilling its commitments under the JCPOA. It strongly criticised strongly President Trump's decision to leave the JCPOA unilaterally and to impose extraterritorial measures on EU companies that are active in Iran. It called on the EU to take any further measures deemed necessary to safeguard the JCPOA.

With respect to the Syria , Members called for enhanced cooperation between the EU and the US for the peaceful resolution of the proxy war and reaffirmed the primacy of the UN-led Geneva process in the resolution of the Syrian conflict.

With respect to the Middle East peace process , Members deeply regretted the unilateral decision of the US government to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to formally recognise the city as Israel's capital, since the question of Jerusalem must be part of a final peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.

Defending a rules-based trading order: Members noted that the US decision to impose steel and aluminium tariffs cannot be justified on the grounds of national security, and called on the US to grant the EU and other allies a full and permanent exemption from the measures. The Commission was asked to respond firmly should these tariffs be used as a way to curb EU exports.

Lastly, Members stressed the role of the WTO in settling trade-related disputes and regretted the United States’ blocking of new nominations to fill the vacancies the Appellate Body, which threatens the very functioning of the WTO dispute settlement system.

Documents
2018/06/28
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2018/06/22
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2018/06/11
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2018/06/11
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2018/05/17
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2018/01/18
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2018/01/18
   EP - Referral to associated committees announced in Parliament
2017/10/11
   EP - LANGE Bernd (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in INTA
2017/07/11
   EP - BROK Elmar (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in AFET

Documents

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Votes

A8-0251/2018 - Elmar Brok - Résolution 12/09/2018 13:18:07.000

2018/09/12 Outcome: +: 490, -: 148, 0: 51
DE GB ES RO IT PL SE BE BG CZ PT SK FI HR AT LT SI NL HU LV FR LU MT DK EE IE CY ?? EL
Total
91
67
50
27
64
50
19
20
15
20
19
13
12
10
17
9
8
23
16
7
68
5
6
11
5
9
6
2
18
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198

United Kingdom PPE

2

Finland PPE

2

Luxembourg PPE

2

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Estonia PPE

Abstain (1)

1

Cyprus PPE

Against (1)

1
icon: S&D S&D
175

Belgium S&D

4

Croatia S&D

2

Lithuania S&D

1

Slovenia S&D

For (1)

1

Netherlands S&D

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2

Latvia S&D

1

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Malta S&D

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60
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2

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1

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2

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1

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1

Luxembourg ALDE

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1

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2

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1
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49

Spain Verts/ALE

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4

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18

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United Kingdom NI

For (1)

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NI

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EFDD

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Germany ENF

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Poland ENF

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Belgium ENF

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Netherlands ENF

4
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
47

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

Against (1)

1

Italy GUE/NGL

2

Sweden GUE/NGL

Against (1)

1

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Netherlands GUE/NGL

3

Denmark GUE/NGL

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1

Ireland GUE/NGL

3

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2
AmendmentsDossier
455 2017/2271(INI)
2018/05/23 INTA 68 amendments...
source: 622.191
2018/06/11 AFET 387 amendments...
source: 623.686

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  • date: 2018-07-10T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A8-2018-0251&language=EN title: A8-0251/2018 summary: The Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted the own-initiative report by Elmar BROK (EPP, DE) on the state of EU-US relations. An overarching framework based on shared values : Members emphasised that the EU-US relationship is the fundamental guarantor for global stability and has been the cornerstone of efforts to ensure peace and stability since the end of the Second World War, as well as the building-up of a multilateral trade system based on rules and values. They believed that the current one-sided ‘America first’ policy harms the interests of both the EU and the US, undermines mutual trust and may also have wider implications for global stability. The committee stated that it was concerned at the approaches taken by the US towards addressing global issues and regional conflicts since the election of President Trump , and sought clarity as to whether the transatlantic relationship still has the same relevance for the EU’s American partners. It underlined that the issues that bring the US and the EU together should ultimately carry greater weight than what divides them. Members stated that Europe has a responsibility to build up its strategic autonomy to face the growing number of common challenges, and emphasized the need for European countries to retain their ability to decide and act alone to defend their interests. Strengthening the partnership : the report called for the fostering of dialogue on all elements of this partnership, including with civil society organisations. It urged the US administration to uphold the shared core values that are at the foundation of transatlantic relations, and to ensure, in all circumstances, respect for international law. The VP/HR, the Council, the Commission and Member States were called upon to enhance cooperation and effectiveness in EU policy towards the US, so as to present the EU as a unified and effective international player with a coherent message. Members were deeply disturbed by the statements by officials of the Trump administration expressing contempt for the EU and support for xenophobic and populist forces aiming at the destruction of the European project, viewing such statements as hostile to the spirit of the transatlantic partnership. Facing global challenges together : Members insisted that the EU and the US should continue to play constructive roles by jointly addressing regional conflicts and global challenges based on the principles of international law. They felt that multilateralis m , which has maintained peace and stability, is increasingly called in question by the attitudes of the US and other world powers. Members were concerned that recent unilateral decisions of the US – disengagement from key international agreements, revoking of certain commitments, undermining international rules, withdrawal from international forums and the fomenting of diplomatic and trade tensions – may diverge from these common values and put strain on the relationship with the EU. The latter should show unity, firmness and proportionality in its responses and Member States must avoid any action aimed at gaining bilateral advantages to the detriment of a coherent common European approach. Members also noted that Russia and China have robust political and economic strategies, many of which may go against the transatlantic partnership. In this respect, the committee called for increased EU-US coordination with respect to Russia, recalling the clear danger to democracies posed by fake news, and disinformation. Members went on to discuss: the importance of NATO, welcoming the fact that defence is becoming a higher priority area for the EU and its Member States, and welcomed in this context the presence of US troops on EU territory. the need for the EU and the US to enhance their cooperation in the field of cybersecurity and cyber defence , namely through specialised agencies; the need for a common approach to regulating digital platforms and to increasing their accountability in order to discuss the issues of net censorship, copyright and rights of the rightholders, personal data and the notion of net neutrality; The committee went on to note that the EU is determined to preserve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran , which the EU is determined to do its utmost to preserve, underlining that, according to the multiple reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran is fulfilling its commitments under the JCPOA. It strongly criticised strongly President Trump's decision to leave the JCPOA unilaterally and to impose extraterritorial measures on EU companies that are active in Iran. It called on the EU to take any further measures deemed necessary to safeguard the JCPOA. With respect to the Syria , Members called for enhanced cooperation between the EU and the US for the peaceful resolution of the proxy war and reaffirmed the primacy of the UN-led Geneva process in the resolution of the Syrian conflict. With respect to the Middle East peace process , Members deeply regretted the unilateral decision of the US government to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to formally recognise the city as Israel's capital, since the question of Jerusalem must be part of a final peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. Defending a rules-based trading order: Members noted that the US decision to impose steel and aluminium tariffs cannot be justified on the grounds of national security, and called on the US to grant the EU and other allies a full and permanent exemption from the measures. The Commission was asked to respond firmly should these tariffs be used as a way to curb EU exports. Lastly, Members stressed the role of the WTO in settling trade-related disputes and regretted the United States’ blocking of new nominations to fill the vacancies the Appellate Body, which threatens the very functioning of the WTO dispute settlement system.
  • date: 2018-09-11T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20180911&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2018-09-12T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2018-0342 title: T8-0342/2018 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 490 votes to 148 with 51 abstentions, a resolution on the state of EU-US relations. An overarching framework based on shared values : Parliament emphasised that the EU-US relationship is the fundamental guarantor for global stability but believed that the current one-sided ‘ America first’ policy harms the interests of both the EU and the US, and undermines mutual. Members were concerned at the approaches taken by the US towards addressing global issues and regional conflicts since the election of President Trump. Stressing the importance for the EU of transatlantic relations and of sustained dialogue, they sought clarity as to the relevance, for the American partners, of the transatlantic relationship. Parliament stated that Europe has a responsibility to build up its strategic autonomy to face the growing number of common challenges, and emphasised the need for European countries to retain their ability to decide and act alone to defend their interests. Strengthening the partnership : Parliament called for the fostering of dialogue on all elements of this partnership, including with civil society organisations. It urged the US administration to uphold the shared core values that are at the foundation of transatlantic relations, and to ensure, in all circumstances, respect for international law. The VP/HR, the Council, the Commission and Member States were called upon to enhance cooperation and effectiveness in EU policy towards the US , so as to present the EU as a unified and effective international player with a coherent message. Members were deeply disturbed by the statements by officials of the Trump administration expressing contempt for the EU and support for xenophobic and populist forces aiming at the destruction of the European project, viewing such statements as hostile to the spirit of the transatlantic partnership. Facing global challenges together : Parliament insisted that the EU and the US should continue to play constructive roles by jointly addressing regional conflicts and global challenges based on the principles of international law. Recalling the importance of multilateralism for maintaining peace and stability, Members expressed concern that the recent unilateral decisions of the US – disengagement from key international agreements, revoking of certain commitments, undermining international rules, withdrawal from international forums and the fomenting of diplomatic and trade tensions – may diverge from these common values and put strain on the relationship with the EU. The asked the European Union to should show unity, firmness and proportionality in its responses and Member States must avoid any action aimed at gaining bilateral advantages to the detriment of a coherent common European approach. Members also noted that Russia and China have robust political and economic strategies, many of which may go against the transatlantic partnership. In this respect, the committee called for increased EU-US coordination with respect to Russia, recalling the clear danger to democracies posed by fake news, and disinformation. Whilst other major world powers, such as Russia and China, have robust political and economic strategies, which may go against the transatlantic partnership, Parliament emphasised that such developments make EU-US cooperation all the more essential to uphold open societies and promote common rights and values. It stressed the need for a joint transatlantic response addressing Russia's attempts to destabilise Western societies, and at the same time, recalled the danger posed by fake news and disinformation. Welcoming the reaffirmation of US commitment to NATO and to European security, Parliament underlined that deepening EU-NATO cooperation also reinforces the transatlantic partnership. It welcomed the fact that defence is becoming a higher priority area for the EU and its Member States, and recalled its suggestion of creating a Transatlantic Political Council for systematic consultation and coordination on foreign and security policy. Members stressed the need for: the EU and the US to enhance their cooperation in the field of cybersecurity and cyber defence, namely through specialised agencies; a common approach to regulating digital platforms and to increasing their accountability in order to discuss the issues of net censorship, copyright and rights of the rightholders, personal data and the notion of net neutrality; further enhanced cooperation regarding the fight against tax evasion, tax avoidance, money laundering and terrorist financing . Parliament noted that the EU is determined to preserve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran , as a key pillar of the international non-proliferation architecture, underlining that, according to the multiple reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran is fulfilling its commitments under the JCPOA. It strongly criticised strongly President Trump's decision to leave the JCPOA unilaterally and to impose extraterritorial measures on EU companies that are active in Iran. With respect to the Syria, Parliament called for enhanced cooperation between the EU and the US for the peaceful resolution of the proxy war and reaffirmed the primacy of the UN-led Geneva process in the resolution of the Syrian conflict. With respect to the Middle East peace process , Members deeply regretted the unilateral decision of the US government to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to formally recognise the city as Israel's capital, since the question of Jerusalem must be part of a final peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. Defending a rules-based trading order : Members noted that the US decision to impose steel and aluminium tariffs cannot be justified on the grounds of national security, and called on the US to grant the EU and other allies a full and permanent exemption from the measures. The Commission was asked to respond firmly should these tariffs be used as a way to curb EU exports. Lastly, Members stressed the role of the WTO in settling trade-related disputes and regretted the United States’ blocking of new nominations to fill the vacancies the Appellate Body, which threatens the very functioning of the WTO dispute settlement system.
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