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Commission reaches out to stakeholders to flesh out the Transatlantic Innovation Dialogue

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The Transatlantic Innovation Dialogue was established during the last meeting of the Transatlantic Economic Committee (TEC) on October 2009 by the EU and U.S. leaders as a senior level forum to focus joint efforts to stimulate innovation, growth, productivity and entrepreneurial activity. This includes the sharing of good policy practice and the improvement of the policy environment for innovative activities on both sides of the Atlantic.

The TEC has launched the Innovation Dialogue to complement the current regulatory co-operation and to embarke on new areas of cooperation in order to achieve tangible results that will stimulate economic growth and transatlantic trade, benefitting companies and consumers on both sides. The Transatlantic Innovation Dialogue will be co-ordinated by senior officials at the U.S. Department of Commerce and at the Commission Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry.

To help identify topics for cooperation, the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry is seeking comments from interested parties on the basis of the draft input paper referred to below. Comments can be submitted to the functional mailbox below up until 29 January. The feedback from stakeholders will be used by the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry as guidance in constructing a joint work programme with the U.S. Department of Commerce. A common work plan on the agreed priorities will then be submmitted to the TEC for its spring meeting in 2010.

A public request by the U.S. Department of Commerce for comments on priorities for the Transatlantic Innovation Dialogue can be found here http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-31085.pdf

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