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  In the course of meetings between Secretary Mosbacher and the EC
  Commission, it was agreed that the United States and the European
  Community have the shared goal of sustaining an effective
  liberalization of trade and investment and that the EC's single market
  should contribute to this objective.
  Both sides underlined their commitment to the work of the
  international standardization bodies and to the principle of
  transparency in standardization.  Both agree to the continuation of
  the recently-initiated dialogue between European and United States
  standards bodies as well as between officials. It was agreed that a
  meeting of US and European Community officials would be held in
  Brussels later this summer to examine any issues of mutual concern in
  the area of technical regulations and related standardization
  activity.
  They also agreed that the same principles of transparency and openness
  should apply in the field of testing and certification and that
  further clarification of the issues might be necessary.  They also
  agreed that imported products would be afforded equal access to the
  conformity assessment procedures of both sides to that enjoyed by
  domestic producers.
  They concluded that, once the Council of Ministers had confirmed the
  Commission's forthcoming policy statement on testing and
  certification, it would be appropriate to open exploratory discussions
  between officials of the Community and appropriate US representatives
  with a view to preparing negotiations for the mutual recognition of
  tests and certificates of conformity for products subject to
  regulation and to encourage the conclusion of mutual recognition
  arrangements between parties concerned in respect of non-regulated
  products.  The future status of existing mutual recognition agreements
  would also be examined in these discussions.
  For further information, please contact : N. Wegter 235 30 69
                                            G. Bursi  235 47 21

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