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June 19, 2013: Meeting of Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council

The Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) met in Washington, D.C., on June 19, 2013, to discuss work under the 2011 Joint Action Plan, the next steps in furthering Canada-U.S. regulatory alignment, and the role of the Council moving forward.

Discussions included planning for upcoming stakeholder dialogue over the summer and early fall of 2013, through which stakeholders will be asked to provide input on the next phase of RCC work, barriers to deeper cooperation, ideas on the design and form of cooperation going forward, and appropriate ways to ensure ongoing engagement of stakeholders.

Canada U.S. RCC members from Canada include senior officials from the Privy Council Office (Co-Chair), Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development Canada, Industry Canada, and the Treasury Board Secretariat; members from the U.S. include senior officials from: the Office of Management and Budget (Co-Chair), Department of Commerce, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the Department of State.

The Government-to-Government RCC activities on June 19 also included a workshop on cooperation involving RCC members and senior officials from Canadian and U.S. regulatory agencies, and bilateral agency-to-agency meetings on the RCC initiatives.

June 20, 2013: RCC Stakeholder Dialogue Session

On June 20 in Washington, D.C., the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) held its second stakeholder event, the first having taken place in January 2012.

The plenary session, held in the morning at the Canadian Embassy, was kicked-off by the RCC Co-Chairs from Canada's Privy Council Office and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. The Co-Chairs reiterated the continued high-level support for the RCC initiatve and plans to explore potential next steps in the evolution of the initiative.

The plenary session also included a panel of industry representatives, drawn from the automobile, consumer products, food, and home appliance sectors, who provided practical insights on the impacts of misaligned regulations and voiced support for continued and enhanced cooperation between Canada and the United States.

The morning ended with an open question-and-answer session with the RCC Co-Chairs who emphasized the importance of ongoing dialogue and input from stakeholders over the coming months.

The general overview presentation delivered by Canadian and U.S. RCC officials can be accessed here

The morning plenary session was attended by over 250 Canadian and American stakeholders and government officials. On the afternoon of June 20, the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted a series of breakout sessions providing stakeholders with detailed technical updates from the Canadian and American regulators working on implementing each of the 29 Joint Action Plan initiatives. Video recordings (English only) and copies of the presentations for all June 20 RCC events, including the morning plenary and afternoon breakout sessions, are available on the Woodrow Wilson Center website, and can be accessed here.





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