BRUSSELS — The European Union and the United States have agreed to coordinate their efforts to build cross-continent computerized information networks, a senior U.S. official said Thursday.
Joan Spero, U.S. under-secretary of state for economics and agriculture, said the two sides would try to set up a working group on the issue by summer.
President Clinton has proposed a major investment in infrastructure for information superhighways that can send voice, data and pictures across high-speed telecommunications networks.
The Euro Union is also seeking ways to promote communications “trans-European networks” as part of an effort to boost economic growth and make its single market work more efficiently.
“We want to make sure we learn from each other as we develop these new systems and that we build a trans-Atlantic bridge so those two important networks will be able to communicate with each other,” Spero said.
Spero spoke following subcabinet-level meetings between the Euro Union and U.S.
She said the working group had been proposed by Michel Carpentier, the European Commission’s director-general for telecommunications, and warmly welcomed by the U.S.
Euro Union industry commissioner Martin Bangemann told reporters earlier this week that he wanted a union group charged with studying information networks to include U.S. and Japanese representatives.