The European Parliament and U.S. Interests

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Publication Date November 2022
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The European Parliament (EP) is the only directly elected institution of the 27-country European Union (EU). The EP’s 705 members represent the EU’s roughly 445 million citizens. The most recent EP elections were in May 2019. The EP has accumulated more power over time as part of EU efforts to improve democratic accountability and transparency in EU policymaking. Since the 2009 Lisbon Treaty, the EP has become a more important actor on several issues of U.S. concern, including trade, data privacy, and counterterrorism. Congress-EP ties are  longstanding, and the EP’s potential to influence key aspects of U.S.-EU relations may be of interest to Congress.

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