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Cablegate: Czech Republic: Reply to Demarche On Objections To

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ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 161429Z OCT 09
FM AMEMBASSY PRAGUE
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 1832
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS PRAGUE 000612

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

USTR FOR TANUJA GARDE AND DAWN SHACKLEFORD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KIPR ECON ETRD
SUBJECT: CZECH REPUBLIC: REPLY TO DEMARCHE ON OBJECTIONS TO
EC/SWISS POSITIONS ON GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS, REGISTRY
AND PRODUCT COVERAGE AND TRIPS AND THE CONVENTION ON
BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY, AND IMPLICATIONS FOR OVERALL DDA
AGENDA.

REF: STATE 104985

1. (SBU) EconOff delivered reftel on October 13 to Ministry
of Industry and Trade Bilateral Trade Policy and Common EU
Trade Policy Director Alena Hnidkova. Hnidkova said she
recognizes the significance of the Geographical Indications
(GIs) and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) issues.
The Czech Republic, along with 110 other countries, supports
document TN/C/W/52, which proposes specific modalities
language for three TRIPS issues under the DDA. She welcomes
the Director General's consultations on the issues of GI
extension and TRIPS/CVD, and hopes for further progress on
these issues. Hnidkova said that the Czech Republic
disagrees that the European Commission's proposals on these
topics are counterproductive. She explained that the
position of the Commission is the result of a serious
discussion among all EU member states, and that the Czech
Republic sees no reason to change it at present.


Thompson-Jones

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