Congressional Study Group on Europe
Formed in 2011, The Congressional Study Group on Europe (CSGE) is a dynamic forum for influential policy and decision makers to probe, examine, and candidly discuss the issues and concerns of mutual interest to the United States and Europe. As is the case with the other existing Study Groups, the CSGE draws on the leadership of two Congressional co-chairs—a Republican and Democrat—who will be actively engaged in shaping the group’s message and agenda. We are thrilled that Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) currently serve as the CSGE’s bipartisan co-chairs, and former Rep. Ben Chandler (D-KY) remains active as an immediate Past Co-Chair.
The Congressional Study Group on Europe brings current Members of Congress, senior Congressional staff, and key former Members of Congress together with their legislative counterparts, government officials, business representatives, and academics from the EU and other parts of Europe. It serves as a platform for all participants to learn firsthand about issues that affect the prosperity and security of the United States and Europe.
The Congressional Study Group on the Europe will educate U.S. Members of Congress about the increasingly vital position of the EU and Europe in affecting global issues such as terrorism, global financial markets, and energy security. The issue-specific dialogue includes current and former legislators from both sides of the Atlantic and aims to generate mutual understanding as the two continents confront evolving challenges. The focus of this new Study Group is to look beyond the EU to the broader, larger Europe: the evolving Europe and its many new and crucial players. During our ongoing meetings with European Ambassadors, we are finding great interest in this new Study Group and our November 2011 Senior Congressional Staff Trip included a one-day stop in Brussels.
Good U.S.-European relations and better channels of communication are becoming increasingly essential to the commercial and economic health of both entities. The U.S.-European transatlantic relationship is as compelling as before, but the issues are continuously evolving in a changing world context. Therefore, a continued and active dialogue involving Washington and the capitals of the European sovereign states, as well as Brussels, is of paramount importance. The United States and Europe must continue to work together and find commonality so that Europe continues to be an ally and partner into the 21st century and beyond.
For more information about the CSGE, please contact our International Programs Director Sabine Schleidt at 202.507.4849 or sschleidt -at- usafmc (dot) org.