Cablegate: Ec Reg 1774/2002: Canada Seeks Delay In

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E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: STATE 57391

1. Canada is concerned about the difficulty of implementing
EC Regulation 1774/2002 on May 1 and, following receipt of
Reftel demarche, sent a letter to the EC requesting a delay
in implementation of the regulation concerning animal
by-products. According to the Department of Foreign Affairs
and International Trade (DFAIT) Trade Policy Officer Sudha
Kshatriya, Canada's Deputy Head of Mission in Brussels
Laurette Glasgow sent the letter to the EC's Director General
for Trade Peter Carl on Thursday, March 13. Kshatriya said
that she has been in direct contact with USTR's Jason
Bernstein and has provided him with a copy of the letter.

2. In Fall 2002 Canada raised their concerns about the
Regulation bilaterally with the European Commission, during
the November SPS committee meeting, and in a letter from
Canadian Agriculture Minister Lyle Vanclief to EC Consumer
Health and Safety Commissioner Byrne. Kshatriya stated that
the GOC has come to realize that the representations were not
successful and that implementation of 1774/2002 was "a done
deal." Canada is now focusing on developing an industry
implementation plan and has been in contact with the EC to
seek clarification on the complex regulations. Kshatriya
noted that the GOC has been working with the US Animal and
Plant Health Inspection Service on technical issues related
to the implementation of the regulations. Canada has not
received any derogations from the EC.

3. DFAIT is coordinating an interagency response to Reftel
demarche, which we will pass along. Reftel talking points
were also delivered to Richard Fadden and Paul Haddow from
the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

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