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Cablegate: Czech Republic: Ambassador Pushes Ipr Protection

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 PRAGUE 000293

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR EUR/NCE EFICHTE AND EB/IPE JBOGER
STATE PASS USTR FOR JCHOE-GROVES AND WMOORE
COMMERCE FOR 4232/ITA/MAC/MROGERS
COMMERCE PASS USPTO
STATE PASS LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KIPR ETRD ECON EZ
SUBJECT: CZECH REPUBLIC: AMBASSADOR PUSHES IPR PROTECTION
AND BUSINESS CLIMATE IMPROVEMENTS WITH NEW MINISTER OF
INDUSTRY AND TRADE

REF: A. PRAGUE 274

B. PRAGUE 160
C. PRAGUE 244
D. STATE 7944

1. (SBU) SUMMARY AND COMMENT: The Ambassador focused his
introductory meeting with the new Minister of Industry and
Trade (MPO) on intellectual property rights (IPR). MPO has
the lead on enforcement of WTO and EU IPR legislation, and
the Minister was well aware of the piracy issues at markets
on the Czech border. This was the first time the Ambassador
engaged a Minister-level official in the Czech Government on
IPR issues, and the meeting laid the necessary ground work
for the Ministry and the USG to work together on a Czech
action plan to combat IPR violations. The Ambassador is also
meeting with the Minister of Justice, the Minister of the
Interior, and the Prime Minister this week. IPR will feature
prominently in each of the meetings to get a political
commitment for a "zero tolerance policy" on IPR violations.
END SUMMARY AND COMMENT.

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IPR
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2. (SBU) During his March 20 introductory call on new
Minister of Industry and Trade Martin Riman, the Ambassador
stressed the importance of elevated GOCR action to combat IPR
violations. The Ambassador highlighted USG and industry
concerns regarding IPR violations at the Czech border
markets. He urged Minister Riman to be proactive and
formulate a Czech "Action Plan" to combat IPR violations,
which includes the adoption and public declaration of a "zero
tolerance policy." The Ambassador stressed the importance of
being proactive and said and offered to work with the
Ministry on its action plan.

3. (SBU) Minister Riman replied that it was not/not in the
interest of the Czech Republic to be on the Special 301 Watch
List. He then turned to the Ministry's action person on IPR
issues Adela Pristasova and asked her to brief on Czech
efforts to combat piracy. Pristasova expressed "serious
concern" about IFPI's Special 301 submission and noted that
upon his return from Washington where he discussed IPR with
both USTR and the Department of Commerce, Deputy Minister
Martin Tlapa convened the interagency IPR committee (ref A).
The GOCR is currently receiving input from other ministries,
police, and customs to reply to the recording industry. The
formal response will be ready March 23, and will be shared
with the Embassy. Minister Riman welcomed working closely
with the Embassy on this issue and offered to hold a DVC with
Washington to discuss the matter further.

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ENERGY SECURITY
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4. (SBU) In response to the Ambassador's question about the
Minister's most pressing issues, Minister Riman replied that
energy security was most pressing -- both internal Czech
policy and the EU policy. Internally, he explained that the
current coalition government which includes the Green Party
was divided on the nuclear and coal mining issue. He
described the EU renewable energy target as "a very expensive
hysteria" and said it was a political target that is not/not
achievable in reality. He said that the Czech Republic's
greatest vulnerability was in the gas sector (vice oil and
electricity), and the Czech energy security situation is not
as bad as the newspapers make it out to be.
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INVESTMENT CLIMATE
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5. (SBU) The Ambassador inquired about the possible merger
between the government investment promotion authority
CzechInvest and government export promotion authority
CzechTrade. Noting the widely shared view among U.S.
investors that CzechInvest provides significant value added
services that stand out in the region, the Ambassador asked
when and how the merger is expected to affect FDI inflows.
Minister Riman said he wanted to merge the two institutions
because he believes it would have synergistic effects.
However, since CzechInvest's mandate is written into the law,

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to change it would require a new legislation.

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TRANSPARENCY
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6. (SBU) The Ambassador noted the link between transparency
and investment climate and said he wanted to continue
dialogue on this important topic. He said while the economy
is doing quite well now, corruption could have negative
impact on FDI inflows in the future. He also stressed the
importance of involving the private sector in any
transparency initiative. Minister Riman agreed with the
Ambassador on the importance of transparency and involving
the private sector. He questioned whether the situation was
really as bad as the newspapers claimed. (NOTE: a recent poll
said corruption was the number one issue on people's minds in
the Czech Republic. END NOTE) Minister Riman noted how
difficult it was to know exactly how bad corruption was
because it's all under the table, but that government and the
private sector needed to learn that honesty is good for
business.
GRABER

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