Morrie Goodman, (202) 482-4883
Mayeda, (202) 482-3809
Files Aviation Complaint Against EU Member States
Addresses U.S. Concerns Over "Hushkit" Regulation
D.C.--Today, the United States formally charged the member
states of the European Union (EU) with discrimination against
U.S. airlines and aircraft manufacturers for proceeding with the
EU aircraft "hushkit" regulation.
charge was contained in the U.S. application to the International
Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requesting that it resolve
a trans-Atlantic dispute over the EU aircraft "hushkit" regulation.
action demonstrates the United States is standing up for the principle
of uniform global aviation standards and the need to safeguard
against regulatory measures that discriminate against free and
fair trade," said Commerce Secretary William M. Daley. "Europe
is the single largest export market for U.S. aerospace producers
-- this hushkit regulation, which is based on a design rather
than a performance standard, cannot be allowed to stand."
request to ICAO was made under Article 84 of the Chicago Convention,
the treaty which established ICAO. This is the fourth occasion
in the 55-year history of ICAO that dispute resolution under Article
84 case has been initiated and the first time such action has
been sought by the United States.
said he raised concerns over the hushkit regulation during the
last U.S.-EU Summit held in December 1999. Since then, Ambassador
David Aaron, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade,
has held intensive consultations with the European Commission
and other EU institutions aimed at reaching a settlement.
13, the European Commission unfortunately rejected a U.S. proposal
that included suspension of the Article 84 case if the European
Commission would submit legislation to the European Parliament
to suspend the hushkit regulation.
U.S. aerospace industry is one of the nation's largest industry
sectors, contributing a $37 billion surplus to the U.S. trade
balance in 1999.