Background

The U.S. and the European Union are looking to expand cooperation on export control issues as part of the work of the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council established earlier this year. The Bureau of Industry and Security is accepting comments through Jan. 14 on areas and priorities for this enhanced cooperation, including the following.

- current and upcoming legislative and regulatory developments to promote the global convergence of controls and ensure legal security for U.S. and EU companies, including regular adjustments to control lists and specific license exceptions/general export authorizations

- convergent control approaches on sensitive dual-use technologies

- information exchange on risks associated with (1) exports of sensitive technologies to destinations and entities of concern and (2) technology transfers and dual-use research of concern

- compliance and enforcement approaches (i.e., legal and regulatory basis, institutional and administrative arrangements) and actions

- capacity building assistance to third countries to develop appropriate capabilities to implement guidelines and lists of multilateral export control regimes, appropriate export control
policies and practices, and relevant enforcement measures

- multilateral and international cooperation, including prior to the introduction of controls outside multilateral regimes

BIS states that comments should address ways in which existing U.S. and/or EU dual-use export control policies and practices may be more transparent, more efficient and effective, more convergent, and fit for today’s challenges, in particular with regard to the control of emerging technologies. BIS is particularly interested in comments providing specific and concrete examples where further convergence in U.S. and EU export control practices and policies could enhance international security and the protection of human rights as well as support a global level playing field and joint technology development and innovation.

For more information on this and other export control issues, please contact attorney Kristine Pirnia via email.

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