U.S.-EU Trade Negotiations: High Level Regulatory Cooperation Forum to be Held in Washington, DC

TIA and TIE to Submit Joint Position Paper on Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement

April 4, 2013 | Stakeholders from various industries will convene with government officials from the United States and European Union on April 10 and April 11 to discuss transatlantic standards alignment and regulatory cooperation at a High Level Regulatory Cooperation Forum held in Washington, DC.

Co-chaired by the European Commission Director-General for Enterprise & Industry and the U.S. Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management & Budget, the forum will help kick-off negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) with the EU announced by President Obama earlier this year.

Throughout the meeting, representatives from medical, cosmetics / personal care, pharmaceutical, agriculture, automobile, information / communication technology and other industries will present their proposals for enhanced transatlantic regulatory compatibility to senior representatives of several U.S. and European government agencies. Representatives from the Toy Industry Association (TIA) will be present at the forum to hold meetings with government officials from Congress, the United States Trade Representative (USTR), and the Department of Commerce.

“TIA strongly supports a free trade agreement between the U.S. and the EU that comprehensively addresses the regulatory divergences that present significant barriers for toy companies selling in both markets,” said Joan Lawrence, TIA vice president of standards and government affairs. “We look forward to attending this week’s forum and to furthering our work with both governments to promote greater regulatory cooperation, while continuing to assure that toys sold in Europe and the U.S. meet the highest standards of quality and safety.”

TIA and Toy Industries of Europe (TIE) are currently developing a joint position paper on the topic of a U.S.-EU free trade agreement. Written on behalf of both the American and European toy industries, the paper will be sent to several government agencies, including the USTR, which is presently seeking stakeholder feedback on T-TIP. Toy companies that wish to provide comments to be included in the paper are invited to contact TIA’s
Rebecca Mond (202.459.0352) by Tuesday, April 9.