EC, U.S. Officials To Cooperate On Telecommunications Norms
Feb. 09, 1987
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ European Community and U.S. officials will swap information and try to develop common standards in telecommunications to avoid future trade problems, an EC official said Monday.
Michel Carpentier, head of the EC's telecommunications research task force, said a three-day meeting of U.S. government officials and industrialists with their EC counterparts last week gave no indication of a transatlantic conflict.
Although he acknowledged protectionism in telecommunications might pose a divisive argument, Carpentier said the issue was not discussed.
The meeting followed a fact-finding mission to Washington last year by European officials and industry executives.
Carpentier said the EC and U.S. officials agreed to exchange information regularly on technical developments in telecommunications and on the ''legal environment'' that could affect trade. He said they also agreed to coordinate the setting of standards and laboratory accreditation.
He also said the EC executive Commission and the U.S. National Bureau of Standards would hold regular discussions on such common issues as standardization and testing.