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Transatlantic Economic Council Joint Statement

Dec 1, 2011

The Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) met on 30 November 2011 in Washington, DC to discuss concrete steps towards stronger economic cooperation between the United States and the European Union (EU).

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the EU’s Joint Research Center (JRC) signed a Letter of Intent committing both sides to the development of joint testing laboratories that will foster closer regulatory alignment between U.S. and EU research and testing bodies. These testing labs will promote efficient and environmentally sustainable business solutions that meet consumer safety and transport needs. The TEC encouraged the development of additional demonstration projects in 2012. The Letter of Intent creates the basis for the establishment of two Electric Vehicle and Smart Grid Interoperability centres, one at Argonne National Laboratories, in the U.S., and one at the JRC facilities in Ispra, Italy.

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BILAT-USA (Grant Agreement no: 244434) and Link2US (Grant Agreement no: 244371) Projects are co-funded by the European Union’s Capacities Programme on International Cooperation under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Cooperation.