There is not one, perfect model for institutional regulatory cooperation, nor is there a single model for eliminating technical barriers to trade or discriminatory sanitary and phytosanitary measures in a preferential trade agreement (PTA). However, recent experience with PTAs has shown that it is possible to progress beyond entirely separate regulation in specific sectors by each party with bilateral government committees that only meet once a year to joint committees that meet on a regular basis and engage in joint harmonization, rule-making, mutual recognition, and problem-solving.
In a new generation PTA (either free trade agreement or customs union) in which economic integration is an agreed policy objective, joint institutions will be necessary to effectively implement harmonization of standards and development of joint standards codes as well as mutual recognition of technical regulations, standards and occupational qualifications.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Steger: Institutions for Regulatory Cooperation in Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreements
Debra P. Steger (Univ. of Ottawa - Law) has posted Institutions for Regulatory Cooperation in Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreements. Here's the abstract: