For Immediate Release Contact: Daniel Cruise, 202-482-3809
Tuesday, January 18, 2000
to Initiate Formal Complaint Against EU On Hushkits
D.C. --Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade
David L. Aaron and Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business,
and Agricultural Affairs, Alan P. Larson, will head to Montreal
today to take the first step in filing a formal complaint over
EU regulations that discriminate against U.S. aircraft equipment.
officials will meet with Dr. Assad Kotaite, President of the International
Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to discuss the U.S. decision
to file a formal complaint against the EU. The complaint would
be made under Article 84 of the Chicago Convention on Civil Aviation.
cannot allow the EU to take unilateral action while U.S. trade
and aviation interests are being damaged," Ambassador Aaron said.
"We've made repeated attempts to resolve this issue through bilateral
channels to no avail, now we're going to exercise our rights in
a multilateral setting."
hushkit regulation is a stark departure from uniform, global aircraft
noise standards developed in ICAO. Leaving the hushkit regulation
unchallenged by the world's aviation standards-setting body could
lead to a patch-work quilt of different regional and national
standards in what is the quintessential global industry.
United States is committed to environmental protection, including
achieving genuine relief from aircraft noise," Aaron said. "In
ICAO, the United States is at the forefront of efforts to develop
a new, stricter noise limit based on a performance standard. U.S.
commitments to achieving this new standard will not be affected
by the initiation of this dispute mediation mechanism."
on an arbitrary design — and not performance — standard, the hushkit
regulation discriminates against U.S.-manufactured aircraft and
aircraft engines. So far, the economic loss to the United States
caused by the regulation is estimated at over $2 billion, according
to industry. The EU regulation will not reduce aircraft noise
and permits the continued operation of aircraft that are even
noisier than those being restricted.