On Monday 27 June, the Transatlantic Legislators’ Dialogue (TLD) paid a visit to the Dutch Parliament. During their visit, the members of the TLD were addressed by the First Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ton Elias, and by the President of the Senate, Ankie Broekers-Knol. Both of them took a brief look back at the parliamentary dimension of the Dutch EU Presidency. The programme also contained three working sessions attended by members of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The TLD is an interparliamentary shared-interest group between the European Parliament and the United States Congress. It comes together twice a year, alternatively in the United States and in the European member state that currently holds the rotating Presidency of the EU.
The focus of the first working session was counter terrorism, cyber security and radicalisation. Session two concentrated on foreign politics, and especially the Brexit. The third and final session was about trade, and in particular the TTIP. In closing, a common position was signed and there was a look ahead to the next TLD meeting, which will take place in Washington D.C.