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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 30, 2014) -Representatives from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and the European Commission held a series of meetings this week to advance a mutual regulatory understanding of insurance activities in the U.S. and EU. Topics for discussion during the regulator meetings included group supervision, market regulation and global systemic risk.

The steering committee of the EU-U.S. Dialogue Project (the Project) also met to discuss the next steps to be integrated into the five-year plan. The Project builds on the established U.S.-EU bilateral dialogue and includes representatives from the NAIC, the European Commission and EIOPA and the Federal Insurance Office (FIO).

"Effective communication and careful calibration of the Project is critical to its success," said Senator Ben Nelson, NAIC CEO. "Markets are evolving, and we must move forward in a way that allows for flexibility in responding to change while maintaining a high level of confidence in each other's systems."

"Our primary objective going forward is to continue the positive momentum generated by the important work completed in 2013, namely in the areas of professional secrecy, reinsurance collateral and group supervision," added Michael F. Consedine, NAIC Vice President and Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner. "Our progress in these areas is an indication that we are on the right path to increase efficiencies and support systemic resilience of the global financial system."

Industry representatives joined regulators and FIO as part of the Fifth Annual U.S.-EU Insurance Symposium hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. The symposium was an opportunity to engage with stakeholders on a variety of regulatory areas that impact insurance consumers and companies in both jurisdictions.

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