The partnership between Europe and the United States continues
to be of utmost importance for international stability, security
and democratic development in Europe and worldwide. As the negative
trend in transatlantic relations seems to be reversed, there are
now new possibilities for co-operation between Europe and the United
States to tackle the challenges of the modern world. Parliamentarians
from both sides of the Atlantic should actively contribute to shaping
and strengthening this co-operation.
Although transatlantic parliamentary dialogue is ongoing in
various forms, the Parliamentary Assembly is currently not part
of it, and there have been virtually no contacts between it and
the Congress for many years. The rapporteur believes that the involvement
of the Assembly in the dialogue with the American congressmen would
be beneficial for transatlantic partnership as it would contribute
to the promotion of the values and principles of democracy, human
rights and the rule of law.
Accordingly, the report suggests a number of practical steps
aimed at establishing working contacts with the United States Congress,
as well as at making use of the existing forms of Euro-American
dialogue, with a view to developing pragmatic and meaningful interaction
and co-operation with the American lawmakers.