U.S. Department of Commerce seek comment Re Closer Regulatory Cooperation

05/09/2011

On May 3, 3011 the International Trade Administration (ITA), within the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), issued a notice seeking comment regarding EU-U.S. regulatory cooperation with a view to eliminating or reducing divergent regulations and standards that impede U.S. exports. This memo recaps the notice. Comments must be received by June 2, 2011. In 2010 President Obama announced a National Export Initiative (NEI) to double U.S. exports by 2014 to create 2 million jobs in the United States. To support the NEI, the U.S. Government is identifying “unnecessary divergences in regulations and standards” between the U.S. and the EU. The ITA seeks comment from affected private sector companies and other interested parties on how to reduce or eliminate the divergent standards and regulations.

RGIT strongly encourages affected German companies and associations to take advantage of this opportunity to submit comment. The timing works well with ongoing EU-U.S. dialogue as the next meeting of the EU-U.S. High Level Regulatory Cooperation Forum (HLRCF) is scheduled for June 7-8 in Brussels. If you would like to submit comments, please contact David Campbell.