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Cablegate: Turkey: Import Safety Dialogue Started

VZCZCXRO7217
PP RUEHDA
DE RUEHAK #2179 2341519
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 221519Z AUG 07
FM AMEMBASSY ANKARA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3516
INFO RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEHRC/DEPT OF AGRICULTURE WASHDC
RUEHIT/AMCONSUL ISTANBUL 3225
RUEHDA/AMCONSUL ADANA 2246

UNCLAS ANKARA 002179

SIPDIS

USDOC FOR ITA/MAC/CRUSNAK
USDA/FAS FOR OSTA/RMACKE, CSLOOP
USDA/FAS FOR OCRA/RCURTIS, JFLEMINGS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAGR ECON ETRD TBIO TU
SUBJECT: TURKEY: IMPORT SAFETY DIALOGUE STARTED

Ref: A) STATE 114788 B) GAIN report TU7048

1. We delivered ref A information to Ziya Altunyaldiz, Deputy
Director General for Exports, and Kadir Bal, Deputy Director General
for Imports, at the Turkish Foreign Trade Undersecretariat. Neither
had substantive comments at this time but assured us they would
review it. We will include this topic in the next Turkey-U.S. Trade
and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council meeting, currently
scheduled for the first quarter of 2008 in Ankara.

2. Ankara's Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) office prepares a
yearly report that deals with this topic, entitled "Food and
Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards" (ref B). In this
report, they note that the regulations on food and agricultural
products are generally prepared and published by the Ministry of
Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA). However, there are also
regulations published by other ministries, such as the Ministry of
Finance and the Ministry of Health. Most Turkish
agriculture-related regulations, laws, communiques, directives, and
notifications are available on the website of the Protection and
Control General Directorate (GDPC) of MARA: www.kkgm.gov.tr. A few
of the regulations have an English translation available on the same
website.
3. The legal infrastructure of agriculture is mainly based on
communiques rather than on laws. The reason for this is that the
Turkish constitutional system does not allow laws to be adopted,
amended or abolished easily. Therefore governments have
traditionally preferred to publish communiques. Currently, the main
target of Turkish food and agriculture policy is to harmonize the
related laws and regulations with the EU acquis communitaire.
Sometimes it appears that this concern overwhelms other concerns
such as national interest and farmers' interests. Moreover, the
Turkish government rarely informs the public or international bodies
such as the WTO about possible or actual regulation changes. In
addition, the same regulations can often be inconsistently applied
in different provincial directorates and at different times.
MCELDOWNEY

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