Brown: Keep eyes open in Open Skies talks

Wilmington News Journal

The Bush administration has been called on to take into account DHL’s recent actions as the administration negotiates the second stage of the Open Skies agreement with the European Union.

In a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio urged they consider DHL’s proposal to outsource air cargo services to major competitor UPS when negotiating Open Skies.

“It is important that U.S. negotiators take into account the lessons learned from DHL’s actions [when negotiating the Open Skies agreement],” Brown wrote in the letter. “Before the Administration agrees to weaker oversight and regulation over foreign stakeholders who already exert extraordinary influence over U.S. markets and our economy, it is essential that you have adequately assessed the likely impact, both positive and negative, of your actions.”

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