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U.S. and EU Regulators Seek Input on Eliminating Red Tape and Unnecessary Costs

U.S. and EU government regulators are seeking private sector recommendations on how U.S. and EU regulations, approval procedures and standards could be harmonized to reduce administrative burdens and operating costs for U.S.-EU trade in goods and services. The “U.S.-EU Working Group,” established to help identify ways to increase bilateral trade and investment, hopes to use these suggestions to improve U.S.-EU regulatory cooperation and expand trade.

All companies engaged in goods or services trade that could benefit from improved U.S.-EU cooperation on regulatory and technical standards should be interested in this bilateral initiative. Examples of sectors that may benefit from improved harmonization and coordination include:

Emerging unregulated technologies, where developing common or interchangeable parts or devices, such as e-vehicle plugs, could facilitate bilateral trade
“Green technologies,” e.g., solar, wind, smart grid, where developing common or harmonized regulatory standards could boost U.S.-EU trade in this evolving sector
Chemicals, where adopting a harmonized approach to data assessment could help simplify the registration process and assist companies in developing data portfolios
Agriculture, where harmonizing U.S. and EU food safety standards or pesticide residue levels could help avoid redundant inspections
Services, where mutually recognizing common qualifications for professional and technical services could encourage bilateral trade in services
Data protection, where cooperating on approaches that encourage the transfer and processing of data between the European Union and United States could help promote new services and technologies

The U.S. and EU governments are requesting comments by October 31, 2012.

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About this Author

Carolyn B. Gleason, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, International Trade Attorney

Carolyn B. Gleason is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She heads the Firm's International Trade practice.

Philip Bentley, QC, McDermott WIll Emery law Firm, Antitrust Attorney

Philip Bentley is a partner in the international law firm of McDermott Will & Emery/Stanbrook LLP based in its Brussels office.  He is a member of the Firm’s EU regulatory practice and European Competition and Trade Groups.  His practice focuses on EU anti-dumping, trade defense and customs, EU competition (including State aid and public procurement), EU regulatory matters, notably GMOs, and EU litigation.

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