DOS Cable re: TransAtlantic Legislators' Dialogue Meeting

Summary of bi-annual TransAtlantic Legislators' Dialogue meetings, which included discussions of conflicts between U.S. and European positions on Guantanamo and the war on terror.

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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 05 BRUSSELS 005635

DEPT FOR EUR/ERA MICHAEL DIXON, AND H; H PLEASE PASS TO
HIRC HILLEL WEINBERG AND FRANK RECORD, AND TO CHRIS
CONNELLY, CHIEF OF STAFF OF CONG. JO ANN DAVIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/16/2013
TAGS: PREL, EUN
SUBJECT: TRANSATLANTIC LEGISLATORS' DIALOGUE MEETING

REF: A. A) BRUSSELS 5520

B. B) BRUSSELS 3619

CLASSIFIED BY: USEU POLOFF TODD HUIZINGA, FOR REASONS 1.5 (B) AND (D)

1. (SBU) SUMMARY: THE BIANNUAL TRANSATLANTIC LEGISLATORS'
DIALOGUE (TLD) MEETINGS WERE HELD IN WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA
ON NOVEMBER 13-16 (LIST OF PARTICIPANTS IN PARAS 20-21)., THE
SIX MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND TEN MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN
PARLIAMENT (MEP'S) REVIEWED THE DRAFT EU CONSTITUTIONAL
TREATY, AND HELD A BROAD DISCUSSION ON CURRENT POLITICAL A
SECURITY ISSUES WHERE US AND EUROPEAN VIEWS FREQUENTLY
CONFLICT, INCLUDING «IRAN», «IRAQ», THE MIDDLE EAST, THE WAR ON
TERROR, AND GUANTANAMO. THE TLD ALSO OFFERED OPPORTUNITIES
TO INCREASE ENGAGEMENT WITH THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT (EP) ON
IMPORTANT ISSUES TO THE USG WHERE THE EP PLAYS AN IMPORTANT
ROLE, SUCH AS USG ACCESS TO PASSENGER NAME RECORD (PNR) DATA,
EU CHEMICALS POLICY, AND INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE GOVERNANCE.
THE NEXT TLD MEETING IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR THE SPRING
IN DUBLIN..

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DRAFT EU CONSTITUTIONAL TREATY

2. (SBU) THE DISCUSSION CENTERED AROUND A DEBATE AMONG THE
MEPS ON WHETHER A DRAFT CONSTITUTIONAL TREATY WOULD TRANSFER
SOVEREIGNTY FROM THE EU MEMBER STATES TO THE UNION TO A
SIGNIFICANT DEGREE, AND WHETHER SUCH A DEVELOPMENT WOULD BE A

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AVERRED THAT THE EU WAS BASED ON POOLING THE

SOVEREIGNTY OF THE MEMBER STATES, AND THAT THE CONSTITUTIONAL

TREATY'S PURPOSE WAS TO MAKE THE EU MORE TRANSPARENT,

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EFFICIENT AND DEMOCRATIC.
COUNTERED THAT T u A
MASSIVE TRANSFER OF POWER TO THE EU AT THE EXPENSE OF THE

MEMBER STATES. HE DEPLORED, FOR EXAMPLE, THE FACT THAT THE

EU CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS HAD BEEN INCORPORATED INTO

THE DRAFT TREATY AS JUSTICIABLE, WHEREAS ORIGINALLY IT HAD

BEEN ONLY DECLARATORY.

STRESSED THAT THE TREATY DID NOT REPRESENT "A PHILADELPHIA

MOMENT." SHE SAID "IT'S NOTA CONSTITUTION, IT'S A

CONSTITUTIONAL TREATY...AND IT'S A DREADFUL MESS."

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I IN CONTRAST, LAUDED THE
CONSTITUTIONAL TREATY AS AN ATTEMPT TO CONSOLIDATE ALL THE
PREVIOUS EU TREATIES INTO ONE DOCUMENT AND SET EXPLICIT
LIMITS ON THE POWER OF THE EU, PREVENTING BRUSSELS "MISSION
CREEP" AT THE EXPENSE OF THE NATIONAL CAPITALS. REP. J.
RANDY FORBES ASSERTED THAT, IF HISTORY WERE A GUIDE, THE
CONSTITUTIONAL TREATY, ONCE PASSED, WOULD BECOME A
CONSTITUTION. HE, ALONG WITH REP. DARRELL ISSA, WONDERED
WHETHER EU MEMBER STATES WERE FULLY PREPARED FOR THE POSSIBLE
RAMIFICATIONS OF A CONSTITUTIONAL TREATY.

«IRAQ»

3. (SBU) I ( STRESSED
THE EU'S DESIRE TO WORK CONSTRUCTIVELY WITH THE U.S. ON «IRAQ»
RECONSTRUCTION AND REITERATED THE EU POSITION THAT
SOVEREIGNTY, AND IN THE SHORTER TERM KEY ASPECTS OF
SOVEREIGNTY SUCH AS CERTAIN POLICING AND MILITARY TASKS, BE
GIVEN TO THE IRAQIS THEMSELVES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. REP.
PHIL ENGLISH REPLIED THAT, AS A•REPRESENTATIVE OF A
CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WITH MANY «IRAQ» EXPATRIATES, HE

UNDERSTOOD THE NEED TO ENCOURAGE A SPEEDY TRANSITION TO
INDEPENDENCE FOR «IRAQ». ENGLISH ADDED THAT THE WEST NEEDED TO
GIVE «IRAQ» THE INVESTMENT IT DESPERATELY NEEDS, TO EMPHASIZE
GRANTS RATHER THAN LOANS FOR RECONSTRUCTION AID, AND TO HELP
«IRAQ» BECOME A MODEL OF DEMOCRACY IN A BATTERED REGION.

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«IRAN»

4. (U) LAID OUT THE EP VIEW THAT THE EU SHOULD DEVELOP
CLOSER D ECONOMIC TIES WITH «IRAN» ONLY IF «IRAN» MADE
VISIBLE PROGRES ON RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, COOPERATION
WIH NON-PROLIFERATION REGIMES, STOPPING SUPPORT FO
TERRORISM AND NOT UNDERCUTTING THE MIDDLEEAST PEACE PROCESS.

HE STRESSED EP SUPPORT FR U.S.-EU COOPERATION ON.«IRADT»,
ESPECIALLY IN HE AREAS OF NON-PROLIFERATION AND IRANIAN IAEA
OBLIGATIONS, AND IN PRESSING «IRAN» TO CUT OFF ITS SUPPORT TO
HAMAS AND HIZBOLLAH.

MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS

• 5. (U) CAUTIONING THAT HE HAD VOTED AGAINST IT BECAUSE OF

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DIGNITY IN THE MIDDLE
EAST." THE RESOLUTION AFFIRMS THAT IMPLEMENTATION OF THE
ROADMAP IS THE SOLUTION TO THE ISRAELI/PALESTINIAN CONFLICT.

IT STRESSES THAT PALESTINIAN TERROR IS UNACCEPTABLE, BUT ALSO
CONDEMNS PRE-EMPTIVE ATTACKS BY ISRAEL AND RESULTING CIVILIAN
CASUALTIES, AS WELL AS THE ISRAELI SECURITY FENCE.
STRESSED THAT IN HIS VIEW THE RESOLUTION DID NOT GI H
WEIGHT TO THE DESTABILIZING INFLUENCE OF NEIGHBORING
COUNTRIES, ESPECIALLY «IRAW» AND SYRIA. IN THIS REGARD,
DECRIED THE EXPECTED COMPLETION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION'S
ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT WITH SYRIA (REF A) AS A FALSE SIGNAL
THAT WOULD ENCOURAGE SYRIA TO EXPECT NO NEGATIVE FALLOUT IF
IT CONTINUES DESTABILIZING ACTIVITIES SUCH AS SUPPORT FOR
HEZBOLLAH. HE LAMENTED THAT THE EU HAD NOT SUFFICIENTLY
PRESSURED THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY (PA) TO MAKE INTERNAL
REFORMS, AND THAT ARAFAT WAS STILL IN CONTROL OF THE PA
SECURITY SERVICES. 1 1NOTED THAT AN EP WORKING GROUP ON
POSSIBLE MISUSE OF EU AID FUNDS TO THE PA WAS DUE TO DELIVER
A FINAL REPORT ON ITS INVESTIGATION SOON.

WAR ON TERRORISM, GUANTANAMO, ANTI-AMERICANISM

6. (SBU) AFTER' kOMMENTS THE DISCUSSION CENTERED ON
CULTURAL ISSUES RELATED TO THE WAR ON TERRORISM, SUCH AS
EUROPEAN ATTITUDES TOWARDS THE U.S., THE ROOT CAUSES OF

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TERRORISM AND EUROPEAN VIEWS OF U.S. POLICY TOWARDS THE GUANTANAMO «DETAINEES». I 'AVERRED THAT ONE MUST
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ATTACK THE "ROOT CAUSES OF TERRORISM AS WELL, SUCH AS POVERTY
AND ALIENATION." ALSO, SHE WARNED THAT "COMPETING IMAGES OF

THE «UNITED» «STATES»" IN THE WORLD WERE HINDERING U.S.

EFFECTIVENESS AGAINST TERROR, AND THAT THE U.S. HAD TO BE

MORE CAREFUL TO PROMOTE AN IMAGE OF THE U.S. AS A BEACON OF

DEMOCRACY AND THE RULE OF LAW. AS AN EXAMPLE,( (SAID

U.S.
POLICY ON HOLDING «DIMULINEES» WITHOUT TRIAL IN GUANTANAMO WAS DOING IMMENSE DAMAGE TO THE REPUTATION AND IMAGE OF THE

U.S.
IN EUROPE. 'RAISED THE OCTOBER-NOVEMBER

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EUROBAROMETER POLL, "«IRAQ» AND PEACE IN THE WORLD," IN WHICH
MORE RESPONDENTS (FROM EU MEMBER STATES) DESIGNATED ISRAEL AS
A THREAT TO PEACE IN THE WORLD THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY, WITH

THE U.S., «IRAN» AND NORTH KOREA TIED FOR SECOND PLACE.

SAID THAT, WHILE THE RESULTS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AT
E, THEY WERE REACTIONS TO "PARTICULAR POLICIES BEING
PURSUED AT A PARTICULAR TIME."

7.
(C) U.S. TLD CHAIR REP. JO ANN DAVIS RESPONDED THAT SHE
HAD BEEN TO GUANTANAMO AND COULD TESTIFY THAT THE «DIEM:NEES»
WERE BEING TREATED WELL WITH FULL RESPECT FOR THEIR HUMAN
RIGHTS. SHE SAID SHE HAD SEEN A BBC DOCUMENTARY ON
GUANTANAMO ON A RECENT TRIP TO ROME, AND WAS STRUCK BY HOW
INACCURATE IT WAS. REP. ISSA, WHO HAD ALSO VISITED
GUANTANAMO, CONCURRED, SAYING BUSH HAD BOLDLY STEPPED INTO
UNPRECEDENTED TERRITORY TO DEAL WITH THE•UNPRECEDENTED THREAT
OF GLOBAL TERROR. REP. ENGLISH ADDED THAT, BY ANY OBJECTIVE
STANDARD, U.S. POLICY IN GUANTANAMO MET THE STANDARDS OF
INTERNATIONAL LAW AND RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. REP. CLIFF
STEARNS SPECIFIED THAT U.S. ACTIONS IN GUANTANAMO, INCLUDING
METHODS OF INTERROGATION AND POSSIBLE FUTURE MILITARY
TRIBUNALS, WERE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS.

8.
(C) REP. ENGLISH TOOK EXCEPTION TO THE IDEA OF "ROOT
CAUSES OF TERRORISM." HE SAID THAT HE BELIEVED THERE WAS A
CULTURAL DIVISION BEHIND ISLAMIST TERRORISM THAT WAS BASED ON
A STRAIN OF ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM THAT WAS ANTI-WESTERN,

ANTI-ISRAEL AND ANTI-CAPITALIST. THIS PHENOMENON HAD TO BE
CONFRONTED, AND THE U.S. AND THE EU NEEDED TO CONFRONT IT
TOGETHER.

NATO AND ESDP

9. (SBU)( AND REP. DAVIS CONCURRED IN THEIR CONCERN
REGARDING A POSSIBLE EU MILITARY PLANNING HEADQUARTERS
SEPARATE FROM NATO AND A MUTUAL DEFENSE CLAUSE IN THE DRAFT

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CONSTITUTIONAL TREATY THAT COULD BE DIVISIVE TO THE NATO

ALLIANCE. REP. DAVIS SAID THAT MORE NATO CAPABILITIES WERE

NEEDED, NOT MORE STRUCTURES THAT WOULD DUPLICATE OR COMPETE

WITH NATO. I SAID THAT THE

DISCUSSION ABOUT THESE ISSUES WAS FLUID, BUT THAT U.S.

CONCERNS WERE BEING TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT. HE OPINED THAT, IN

ORDER TO AVOID AN EU CAUCUS WITHIN NATO, A STRENGTHENED

U.S.-EU DIALOGUE WAS NEEDED TO DISCUSS ISSUES BEFORE THEY

REACHED NATO.

PASSENGER NAME RECOGNITION (PNR)

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O HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT

PEOPLE ENTERING ITS BORDERS, AND EXPRESSED GENERAL OPTIMISM

THAT A COMPROMISE COULD BE REACHED THAT SOLVED THE REMAINING

PROBLEMS REGARDING PURPOSE OF DATA COLLECTION, DATA RETENTION
TIME AND THE NUMBER OF DATA FIELDS TO WHICH THE U.S. COULD
HAVE ACCESS. I 'SUGGESTED THAT THE U.S. AND EU
SHOULD HAVE MUTUAL WATCH LISTS AND SHARE THEM WITH EACH
OTHER. SHE INVITED CONGRESS TO SEND MEMBERS TO VISIT THE EP
CITIZENS RIGHTS COMMITTEE TO TALK ABOUT THE ISSUE.

11. (C) REP. JOHN MICA CONCURRED THAT THERE HAD BEEN A
MELLOWING ON BOTH SIDES ON PNR, AND REITERATED THAT THE U.S.
SIDE SHARED THE EU CONCERN ABOUT DATA PROTECTION.. HE SAID
THE WATCH LIST IDEA WAS AN IMPORTANT ONE, AND POINTED OUT
THAT THE U.S. HAS MORE THAN ELEVEN AGENCIES INVOLVED IN THIS
ISSUE AND THAT, DESPITE A STATUTORY REQUIREMENT, THESE
AGENCIES HAD NOT YET SUCCEEDED IN PREPARING A CONSOLIDATED
LIST. MICA SAID THAT AGREED AND MUTUALLY RECOGNIZED
TRANSATLANTIC STANDARDS FOR SECURITY REQUIREMENTS AND
MEASURES WERE ALSO LACKING, AND THAT THE STANDARDIZATION OF
PASSPORT AND TRAVEL DOCUMENT INFORMATION WAS LAGGING BEHIND.
MICA SAID THAT THE U.S. SIDE MIGHT TAKE 1UP ON
HER INVITATION SOMETIME IN THE SPRING, AND INVITED

TO SEND HIM AN E-MAIL DETAILING EP CONCERNS
ABOUT PNR.

WTO POST-CANCUN

12. (C) SAID A FAR-REACHING

m • ft.

REFORM 0 II II ' ' " SF THE FRUSTRATING BREAKDOWN OF TALKS IN CANCUN, AND ANNOUNCED THAT THE EP HAD
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ASKED THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO MAKE PROPOSALS ON HOW TO GO

ABOUT WTO REFORM. SPECIFICALLY STRESSED THE
IMPORTANCE OF UPHOLDING THE DOHA AGREEMENT ON ACCESS TO
MEDICINES. REP. ENGLISH SAID THE FAILURE OF CANCUN WAS A
RESULT OF THE TACTICS OF THE G-21 COUNTRIES, WHOSE
UNWILLINGNESS TO COMPROMISE WAS NOT SHARED BY THE U.S.

FINANCIAL SERVICES, CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

13. (C)I ISAID THE EU WAS
DETERMINED THAT THE FINANCIAL SECTOR BE A KEY FACTOR IN THE
DEVELOPMENT OF A TRANSATLANTIC MARKET. ON THE SARBANES-OXLEY
AUDIT-FIRM REGISTRATION ISSUE, I ISAID THE EU'S
NUMBER-ONE IMPERATIVE WAS STILL TO ACHIEVE MUTUAL RECOGNITION'
BETWEEN THE PCAOB AND COMPETENT EUROPEAN AUTHORITIES, SO THAT
EU AND NATIONAL LAWS WOULD BE RESPECTED. I ISAID
CONGRESSIONAL PRESSURE ON THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE
COMMISSION (SEC) WAS NEEDED TO ACHIEVE THIS. 1

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IALSO EXPRESSED THE LINE OF THE EUROPEAN STOCK MARKET

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LOBBY THAT SEC FAILURE TO GRANT FOREIGN EXCHANGES
BETTER-THAN-NATIONAL «TRIKAIMMMU5 TO OPERATE THEIR ELECTRONIC

TRADING TERMINALS IN THE U.S. UNDER EXEMPTION FROM SEC

REGULATION WAS IN FACT A PROTECTIONIST DEVICE AIMED AT

KEEPING EU-BASED EXCHANGES OUT OF U.S. MARKETS. IN ORDER TO
RECTIFY THIS SITUATION AS WELL, HE SAID, CONGRESSIONAL

PRESSURE ON THE SEC WOULD HAVE TO PLAY A CRUCIAL ROLE.
(NOTE: I (ALSO MET WITH SEC OFFICIALS DURING THIS
VISIT. END NOTE.)

14. (C) REP. STEARNS EXPRESSED FRUSTRATION WITH THE
DIFFICULTY OF SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF CORPORATE CORRUPTION IF
THE PERPETRATORS ARE SUFFICIENTLY DETERMINED. REMARKING THAT
THE U.S. APPROACH WAS LAW-BASED AND THE EU'S PRINCIPLE-BASED,
HE SAID HE WAS INTERESTED IN EU VIEWS ON CORPORATE
GOVERNANCE. I I DECIDED ON THAT BASIS THAT HE WOULD
EXPLORE STARTING A HIGH-LEVEL DIALOGUE INVOLVING MEPS,
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND BUSINESS LEADERS, AMONG OTHERS, ON
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND RELATED REGULATORY ISSUES.

GMOS

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15. (C) SAID THE EU LEGISLATION OF JULY
2003 ON TRACING AND LABELING OF BIOTECH FOOD AND FEED WAS
NECESSARY, DESPITE ITS ABSURDITIES, BECAUSE OF EUROPEAN
CONSUMERS' CONCERNS. REP. ISSA REPLIED THAT HE BELIEVED THAT
THE LEGISLATION WAS COSTLY AND BURDENSOME, AND THAT, IF
CONSUMERS WERE WORRIED, THEY COULD CHOOSE THEMSELVES WHETHER
OR NOT TO BUY GMO PRODUCTS. REP. ENGLISH ADDED THAT GMO
TECHNOLOGY WAS VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE DEVELOPING WORLD. HE

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2002, ALTHOUGH
ZAMBIANS WERE FACING STARVATION, BECAUSE OF CONCERNS THAT
ACCEPTING GMO FOODS FROM THE U.S. WOULD NEGATIVELY AFFECT

TRADE WITH THE EU. TO REP. ISSA'S COMMENT THAT THE EU
LEGISLATION WAS "UNABASHED PROTECTIONISM," REPLIED
THAT IT MIGHT BE MORE ACCURATE TO CALL IT
COWARDICE."

CHEMICALS

16. (C)I SAID THAT THE PROPOSED EUROPEAN
COMMISSION CHEMICALS REGULATION -- REGISTRATION, EVALUATION
AND AUTHORIZATION OF CHEMICALS (REACH) -- HAD BEEN "WATERED
DOWN" AFTER COMMENTS FROM INDUSTRY HAD COME IN, AND THERE
WOULD BE FURTHER ANALYSIS OF THE COST OF THE PROPOSED
REGULATION. REP. STEARNS GREETED THAT NEWS, AND REP. DAVIS
SAID THAT, IN THE EVENT OF A NEW COST ANALYSIS, THE RELEVANT
CONGRESSIONAL AND EP COMMITTEES SHOULD COORDINATE TO ENSURE
THAT THERE WAS A MUTUALLY UNDERSTOOD BASIS FOR ANALYZING THE
COSTS. 1 AGREED, AND STAFF ON BOTH SIDES AGREED TO
FOLLOW

OPEN SKIES

17. (C)I 'EXPRESSED A
BASICALLY POSITIVE OUTLOOK ON THE ONGOING U.S.-EU OPEN SKIES
NEGOTIATIONS. HOWEVER, HE LAMENTED U.S. LEGISLATION LIMITING
THE FLEXIBILITY OF U.S. NEGOTIATORS TO MOVE ON FOREIGN
OWNERSHIP OF AIRLINES, AND CRITICIZED THE FLY AMERICA POLICY
FOR OFFICIAL USG TRAVEL. ("I TOOK A U.S. CARRIER TO COME TO

THIS MEETING, BECAUSE I AM A FREE MAN!") REP. MICA SAID THAT
OPENING MARKETS WAS DIFFICULT WHEN SO MANY U.S. CARRIERS WERE
STRUGGLING. HE ASSERTED THAT SOME PROGRESS HAD BEEN MADE ON
LEGISLATION ON OPENING UP CABOTAGE SERVICES IN THE U.S. TO

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BILATERAL TRADE ISSUES

18. (U) PARTICIPANTS DISCUSSED MAINLY FSC AND STEEL, WITH
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS EXHORTING THEIR MEP COUNTERPARTS TO ARGUE
FOR PATIENCE AND MODERATION IN EU RETALIATION, SO AS TO AVOID
UNNECESSARY ESCALATION OF THE CONFLICTS.
OPINED THAT BILATERAL TRADE ISSUES CAME UNDER THE RUBRIC OF
THE TRANSATLANTIC MARKET WHICH HAD BEEN ENDORSED BY THE TLD
IN ROME IN JUNE (REF B). THE QUESTION, SAID W AS HOW

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TO MANAGE THE TRADE DISPUTES OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT

EIGHTEEN MONTHS DURING WHICH THERE WOULD BE ELECTIONS ON BOTH

SIDES. HE SUGGESTED THAT THE TLD ASK FOR A BENEFITS ANALYSIS
OF THE TRANSATLANTIC MARKET WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR, PERHAPS

GETTING ENDORSEMENT FOR SUCH AN ANALYSIS FROM THE NEXT

U.S.-EU SUMMIT.

U.S. INDUSTRY ON EU MEDICAL-DEVICE REGS

19. (U) REP. STEARNS RAISED, ON BEHALF OF THE ADVANCED
MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION (ADVAMED), CONCERNS ABOUT A
DRAFT EU DIRECTIVE UP-CLASSIFYING ALL SHOULDER, HIP AND KNEE

JOINT IMPLANTS AND THEREBY REQUIRING MANUFACTURERS TO SUBMIT
TO A COSTLY REVIEW PROCESS BY EUROPEAN REGULATORS.
SAID HE WOULD PASS ON U.S. CONCERNS TO APPROPRIATE
IN THE EP AND THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION.

TLD DELEGATIONS

20. (U) U.S. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS PARTICIPATING WERE:

JO ANN DAVIS (R, VA)
PHIL ENGLISH (R, PA)

J. RANDY FORBES (R, VA)
DARRELL E. ISSA (R, CA)
JOHN L. MICA (R, FL)
CLIFF STEARNS (R, FL)

21. (U) MEP'S PARTICIPATING WERE:

JAMES NICHOLSON (UK, ULSTER UNIONIST)
BASTIAAN BELDER (NL, CALVINIST PARTY)

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CHARLOTTE CEDERSCHIOELD (SW, CONSERVATIVE)
CAROLINE JACKSON, (UK, CONSERVATIVE)
PETER PEX (NL, CHRISTIAN-DEMOCRAT)
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ARLENE MCCARTHY (UK, LABOUR)
PETER SKINNER (UK, LABOUR)
22. (C) COMMENT: THIS TLD WAS USEFUL IN CREATING

OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONGRESS TO INCREASE ITS ENGAGEMENT WITH
THE EU IN AREAS OF PARTICULAR INTEREST: (1) A POSSIBLE
CONGRESSIONAL VISIT TO BRUSSELS TO DISCUSS PNR; (2) POSSIBLE
COOPERATION ON A COST ANALYSIS OF REACH; (3) TARGETED
DIALOGUE ON CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND RELATED ISSUES; AND (4)
POSSIBLE LAUNCHING OF A JOINT ANALYSIS OF THE BENEFITS OF THE
EXISTING TRANSATLANTIC (U.S.-EU) MARKET. POST IS READY TO
PROVIDE SUPPORT IN THESE AND OTHER AREAS OF CONGRESSIONAL
INTEREST. END COMMENT.

23. (U) THIS MESSAGE WAS NOT CLEARED BY CODEL MEMBERS.

FOSTER

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