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Cablegate: Croatia On Faa Request for Final Discussion

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STATE FOR EEB/TRA/OTP KRISTIN GUSTAVSON

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAIR ECON PREL HR
SUBJECT: CROATIA ON FAA REQUEST FOR FINAL DISCUSSION

REF: SECSTATE 43818

1. Econ Officer delivered reftel letter and report to Mr.
Damir Vince, Director General of the Croatian Civil Aviation
Authority on April 25, 2008. A copy of the report was also
shared on the same date with Betty Pavelic-Sirois, Head of
the North America Department at the Croatian Ministry of
Foreign Affairs. Ambassador is scheduled to meet with
Transport Minister Bozidar Kalmeta on April 30 and will
deliver same.

2. DG Vince told Econ Off that the problems uncovered in the
IASA process were not new, but that he and the Government
were committed to resolving them as expeditiously as
possible. Furthering this point, he provided a copy of a
Government decision of April 18 bearing the Prime Minister's
signature, authorizing the appointment of the members of the
new Civil Aviation Agency. The Agency, which will be
independent and self-financing, will take on most oversight
functions from the Authority and will be free of the civil
service salary caps that have hindered the hiring of
qualified personnel, according to Vince. The Government has
also set up a working group to review the findings of all
external assessments of the Civil Aviation Authority since
2002, including IASA, and make recommendations for
improvements.

3. Both Vince and Pavelich-Sirois asked Econ Off about the
timing of the final discussion and were under the impression
that delivery of the report started a formal 60 day period
for the GOC to respond and correct problems. Econ Off
explained that there is no formal time frame, but that the
IASA process usually takes 120 days from start to finish.
Pavelich-Sirois noted, however, that in keeping with such a
time frame the GOC would have received the report much
earlier, thereby allowing for a longer window before the
scheduling of the final discussion. Vince also noted that
the proposed visit the week of May 19 was complicated in
light of on-going work at the Ministry during that time.
Vince indicated that the week beginning June 9, while still
earlier than he hoped, would be workable on the Croatian side.

4. Post Recommendation: Given the differing expectations as
to the period of time between the delivery of the report and
the scheduling of the final discussion, together with the
fact that Vince and the CAA are currently heavily involved
with the creation of the Civil Aviation Agency, Post
recommends accepting the June 9 date for the scheduling of
the final discussion. The Croatian side has been constructive
and responsive throughout this process, but given the
likelihood of a negative finding, Post believes it is
important that the Croatians feel they have had adequate time
to digest the specifics of the written report prior to facing
the reality of the final discussion visit. Although slightly
short of the 60 days the Croatians expected they would have,
scheduling the visit for the week of June 9 is acceptable to
the Croatian side and represents only a three week delay from
the dates proposed in reftel.
Bradtke

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