15Feb 2013

American and European Standards Organisations agree to collaborate on aligning standards to facilitate trade between EU and USA

14 February 2013 - At their meeting in Dublin this week, the European Standards Organisations (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) agreed that they will maintain and intensify their collaboration with a view to aligning their standards, which is necessary in order to facilitate trade in both goods and services between Europe and the USA. This collaboration is set to become increasingly important as the European Union and United States are about to begin negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

The European Standards Organisations (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) are involved in a regular and ongoing dialogue and exchange of information with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Their most recent meeting, hosted by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), took place in Dublin on 12 February 2013, during the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU.  Representatives from the European Commission, the secretariat of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and the US Federal Government (Department of Commerce) also participated in these discussions.

In Dublin, the four standards organisations (ANSI, CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) decided that they will take forward discussions on an agreement to facilitate action on standards related issues arising from the implementation of the proposed Trade Agreement between the European Union and the United States. In his State of the Union speech on 12 February, President Obama gave the green light for comprehensive trade talks between the EU and US, in order to boost growth and create jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. 


See full CEN-CENELEC press release at ftp://ftp.cencenelec.eu/EN/News/PR/PR-2013-02.pdf




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