Sat. Jan 28th, 2023

The first meeting of the Agriculture Committees Chairs in the U.S. House of Representatives and European Parliament aimed to deepen transatlantic relations and create long-lasting trust.

After the videoconference meeting on Tuesday with Chair of the Agriculture Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives David Scott (D-GA), the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee Chair Norbert Lins (EPP, DE) said:

“I am delighted to have had a fruitful exchange with Representative David Scott. This first meeting was a significant step forward in deepening transatlantic relations on agricultural policy.”

“The discussion reflected the cooperation on EU and US agricultural policies, global food security, rural development and climate change. We also discussed the right adaptation tools for farmers across the Atlantic.”

“I am happy to announce that, together with my colleague Congressman David Scott, we are planning to hold a joint committee meeting between the European Parliament and the Congress to benefit from best practices and foster long-lasting trust and cooperation.”

Background

The Chairs of the two Agriculture Committees met for the first time in order to strengthen transatlantic relations. Tom Vilsack, the U.S. Agriculture Secretary, should speak to the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee later in 2021.

In January, Norbert Lins called on the EU Commission to immediately launch negotiations with the new U.S. administration to call a truce in the Airbus/Boeing dispute and avoid further sanctions that damage EU farmers. He insisted that diplomacy must prevail and de-escalation be achieved.

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