Viewing cable 06VILNIUS1073
Title: LITHUANIA UNAWARE OF AVIATION EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME

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06VILNIUS10732006-12-01 14:46:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: LITHUANIA UNAWARE OF AVIATION EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME 
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REF: STATE 190254 
 
¶1. (SBU) We delivered reftel non-paper on November 27 to officials 
in the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Transportation, and 
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  None of our interlocutors was 
aware of the European Commission's specific proposal to force non-EU 
air carriers to join the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), and all 
expressed reservations about how such a unilateral requirement would 
square with other international obligations like the Chicago 
Convention.  All interlocutors also emphasized that Lithuania's 
aviation sector is quite small and noted that this fact would limit 
the GOL's influence on this issue within the EU. 
 
¶2. (SBU) The head of the Ministry of Environment's Air Quality 
Division, Vytautas Krusinskas, said that he expected serious 
discussion on the EU's ETS to start early next year and doubted that 
the EU would actually try to implement a measure that seemed so 
obviously to violate international obligations like the Chicago 
Convention.  He emphasized, however, that aviation emissions are 
growing rapidly and that all countries need to look at ways to 
reduce them. 
 
¶3. (SBU) The Director of the Transportation Ministry's Civil 
Aviation Department, Vidmantas Kairys, joked that the Commission "is 
always very ambitious," but was skeptical that the Commission would 
actually try to implement the ETS regime outlined in the reftel 
non-paper.  The MFA's Foreign Trade Policy Department Director, 
Raimundas Karoblis, said that the Environment and Transportation 
Ministries would take the lead role for the GOL on this issue, 
adding that he hoped that the United States and EU would be able to 
reach mutual agreement. 
 
¶4. (SBU) We emphasized repeatedly in our meetings that the USG 
shared the EU's wish to reduce aviation emissions and that ICAO was 
the appropriate forum for discussions on how to achieve this worthy 
goal. 
 
CLOUD