"This morning the Department of Justice hosted the initial meeting in the U.S.-E.U./E.U. Member State dialogue on intelligence practices, as first suggested by Attorney General Holder during a ministerial gathering with E.U. officials in Dublin last month.
“Officials from the Justice Department, Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the State Department represented the United States government. Officials from the E.U. included representatives of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU, the European Council, the European Commission, the External Action Service of the EU, and EU Member States.
“This meeting focused on next steps for discussion of these issues, including the possibility of a follow-on meeting in the coming weeks. This open and constructive dialogue illustrates the extent and depth of the relationship between the U.S. and our European partners as we strive to protect both the safety and individual liberties of citizens on both sides of the Atlantic.
“We look forward to this continued dialogue and cooperation with the EU and EU Member States.”