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Workshop on Digital Economy Advances
Mutual E-Commerce Interests
17, 2000, Brussels -- U.S. Commerce Department Under Secretary
Robert S. LaRussa led a delegation of 10 senior U.S. government
experts on electronic commerce to a workshop on the digital economy
combining the European and U.S. industry, European Parliamentarians
and European Commission officials.
workshop was an excellent opportunity for the U.S.-EU private
sector, Parliament and senior government officials to identify
the key issues that support the transatlantic development of the
new digital economy,” said LaRussa at the conclusion of the one
day workshop. “Our governments now have early warning of regulatory
differences, and this should help the growth of the transatlantic
economy. We will certainly be discussing what we learned here
when we return to Washington.”
workshop identified ongoing initiatives in the areas of consumer
protection, intellectual property protection, infrastructure,
security, and e-payments, where differences in approach could
be adverse to the growth of the digital economy. Discussion focused
on the importance of private-sector leadership, a pro-competitive
e-commerce environment, and an open dialogue among all stakeholders.
workshop was sponsored by the Brussels-based business group, the
EU Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce, and the Washington-based
European American Business Council and included over 100 business
executives whose key priority is developing the new digital economy.
The U.S. government delegation included representatives from the
White House, the International Trade Administration, the National
Telecommunications and Information Administration, the Patent
and Trademark Office, the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S.
Register of Copyrights. European Commission participants included
Robert Verrue, John Mogg, Agne Pantelouri, Detlef Eckert and Jorg
Reinbothe. Members of Parliament included Ana de Palacio, Diana
Wallis, Pila Noori Kaupi, Arlene McCarthy and Astrid Thors.
workshop greatly improved mutual understanding among business
and government of where a common approach is needed to promote
the continued rapid growth of the digital economy. It shows that
the United States and the European Union are dedicated to work
together in this rapidly changing environment and we support the
business sponsors' plans to stage followup workshops next year,”