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A Common Regulatory Language for Trade Development: ECE/TRADE/375

The publication examines changes in the regulatory landscape in the member States of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), including the recent trend towards “better regulation”, i.e. regulations with a greater focus on desired outcomes and more flexibility. This approach can help remove barriers to trade created by differences in national standards and technical regulations, as can good regulatory practice such as set out in the UNECE “International Model for Technical Harmonization”.
The current volume brings together contributions and research papers prepared by some of the speakers and participants of the International Forum on “Common Regulatory Language for Global Trade”, held in June 2006, as well as by the UNECE secretariat. These contributions, which were written after the event and since updated, reflect the thinking that the Forum helped generate, which is of continued policy relevance.
Download: ECE/TRADE/375