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Framework for Promoting Transatlantic Economic Integration, Annex I: Fostering Cooperation and Reducing Regulatory Barriers, B. Sectoral Cooperation--Automotive Sector

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
June 1, 2009


Points of Contact

European Commission:
Giacomo Mattino
Telephone: 32-2-295-7563

U.S. Government:
Julie Abraham, Director, International Affairs
Telephone: (202) 366-2114
EU Delegation in Washington:
U.S. Mission to the EU:
Greg Garramone, ECON
Telephone: 32-2-508-2756


Framework, Annex I, B.3 (d).


To eliminate unnecessary regulatory divergences in the automotive sector in the areas of road safety and fuel economy.

Specific Objectives

1. Conclude Memorandum of Cooperation between the national Highway Transportation Safety Authority and DG ENT.

2. Cooperate in reaching agreements in UNECE Working Party 29 on international standards.


1. MOU: Completed. The NHTSA/DG ENT MOC was concluded June 2008.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Authority (NHTSA) and DG ENT concluded a MOU on cooperation in motor vehicle safety and emissions standards in June of 2008.

The EU and the U.S. worked together in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) to get international recognition of electronic stability controls. The U.S. and the EU are among the contracting parties of the World Forum for Harmonization of Motor Vehicle Regulations (WP29).

Next Steps

DG Enterprise and NHTSA met June 22-26, 2009 on the margins of a WP 29 plenary in Geneva to discuss next steps in developing a workplan for compatible approaches to key automotive standards, including possibly for global diesel engine standards.

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