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US, Italy Sign Defense Procurement Agreement




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Il ministro italiano della Difesa Ignazio La Russa ed il segretario della Difesa statunitense Robert M. Gates hanno firmato un aggiornamento del Defense Procurement Memorandum of Understanding in forza del quale, come recita il comunicato del Pentagono, «ogni governo da accesso al suo mercato della Difesa all’industria dell’altro paese». L’accordo favorisce la razionalizzazione, la standardizzazione e l’interoperabilità degli equipaggiamenti per la Difesa «fra gli alleati e con gli altri governi alleati». I due paesi hanno firmato per la prima volta accordi in merito nel 1978 ed il MOU era stato rinnovato l’ultima volta nel 1990.


Monday, October 20, 2008
US, Italy Sign Defense Procurement Agreement
News in Balance

News in Balance:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2008 -- Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Italian Minister of Defense Ignazio La Russa today signed an updated Reciprocal Defense Procurement Memorandum of Understanding which allows effective defense cooperation by establishing principles and procedures recognized by both governments for the conduct of defense procurements. Under this agreement each government provides access to its defense market to the industry of the other country.

The MOU allows each country specific benefits on a reciprocal basis, consistent with national laws and regulations. These include provisions for duty-free certificates and in most cases the evaluation of offers without applying price differentials under "buy national" laws.

The United States and Italy established and maintained understandings relating to reciprocal defense procurement since 1978. The MOU was last extended in November 1990.

The MOU promotes rationalization, standardization, and interoperability of defense equipment with allies and other allied governments. It provides a framework for on-going communication regarding market access and procurement matters affecting effective defense cooperation.

(Report from a U.S. Defense Department news release.)

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