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Request for Public Comments Concerning Regulatory Cooperation Between the United States and the European Union That Would Help Eliminate or Reduce Unnecessary Divergences in Regulation and in Standards Used in Regulation That Impede U.S. Exports

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AGENCY:

International Trade Administration, Commerce.

ACTION:

Notice of reopening of comment period.

SUMMARY:

This notice announces reopening of the public comment period for a recently published notice on regulatory cooperation activities between the United States and the European Union. The comment period is reopened from June 23, 2011 to August 8, 2011.

DATES:

The comment period for the public comments is reopened until August 8, 2011.

ADDRESSES:

Submissions should be made via the internet at http://www.regulations.gov under docket ITA-2011-0006. Please direct written submissions to Lori Cooper, Office of the European Union, Department of Commerce, Room 3513, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230. The public is strongly encouraged to file submissions electronically rather than by mail.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Questions regarding this notice should be directed to TransatlanticRegulatoryCooperation@trade.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) published a document in the Federal Register on May 3, 2011, (76 FR 24860), inviting public comment on the following possible types of cooperative regulatory activities between the United States and the European Union: Information-sharing agreements; technical assistance; memoranda of understanding, mutual recognition agreements; collaboration between regulators before initiating rulemaking proceedings; agreements to align particular regulatory measures; equivalency arrangements; and accreditation of testing laboratories or other conformity assessment bodies. These comments will serve as a basis for discussion with the European Union on regulatory cooperation activities to undertake which will support the President's National Export Initiative and serve as a basis for discussion within the U.S.—EU High-Level Regulatory Cooperation Forum.

The notice published on May 3, 2011 (76 FR 24860) informed interested parties that DOC would accept written comments until June 2, 2011. Several associations and organizations with an interest in these activities informed DOC of their inability to submit comments within the 30-day deadline and requested additional time. Based on these requests, DOC is reopening the comment period until August 8, 2011, to provide interested parties additional time to prepare and submit comments. DOC will accept comments received no later than August 8, 2011 and will not consider any further extensions to the comment period.

Requirements for Submissions: In order to ensure the timely receipt and consideration of comments, the Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration (ITA) strongly encourages commenters to make on-line submissions, using the http://www.regulations.gov Web site. Comments should be submitted under docket number ITA-2011-0006. To find this docket, enter the docket number in the “Enter Keyword or ID” window at the http://www.regulations.gov home page and click “Search.” The site will provide a search-results page listing all documents associated with that docket number. Find a reference to this notice by selecting “Notice” under “Document Type” on the search-results page, and click on the link entitled “Submit a Comment.” The http://www.regulations.gov Web site provides the option of making submissions by filling in a comments field, or by attaching a document. ITA prefers submissions to be provided in an attached document. (For further information on using the http://www.regulations.gov Web site, please consult the resources provided on the Web site by clicking on the “Help” tab.)

All comments and recommendations submitted in response to this notice will be made available to the public. For any comments submitted electronically containing business confidential information, the file name of the business confidential version should begin with the characters “BC”. The top of any page containing business confidential information must be clearly marked “BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL”. Any person filing comments that contain business confidential information must also file in a separate submission a public version of the comments. The file name of the public version of the comments should begin with the character “P”. The “BC” and “P” should be followed by the name of Start Printed Page 36901the person or entity submitting the comments. If a comment contains no business confidential information, the file name should begin with the character “P”, followed by the name of the person or entity submitting the comments.

Please do not attach separate cover letters to electronic submissions; rather, include any information that might appear in a cover letter in the comments themselves. Similarly, to the extent possible, please include any exhibits, annexes, or other attachments in the same file as the submission itself, not as separate files.

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Dated: June 20, 2011.

John Andersen,

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Market Access and Compliance, International Trade Administration.

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[FR Doc. 2011-15777 Filed 6-22-11; 8:45 am]

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