Viewing cable 06VILNIUS541
Title: LITHUANIA: REACH DIRECTIVE COSTLY, INEVITABLE

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06VILNIUS5412006-06-12 06:43:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: LITHUANIA: REACH DIRECTIVE COSTLY, INEVITABLE 
 
REF: USDOC 2311 
 
¶1. (SBU) We delivered reftel points on USG views regarding the draft 
versions of the REACH Directive to the Ministry of Environment and 
the Ministry of Economy on June 1.  We also delivered a copy of the 
points to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Trade Division. 
 
¶2. (SBU) The Chief Officer of the Ministry of Economy's Products 
Technical Regulation Division Ilona Jegorova opined June 8 that 
REACH implementation is inevitable now that the EU Council has 
reached political agreement on the Directive.  That said, Jegorova 
continued, the GOL shares many of the USG's concerns about the costs 
and workability of several aspects of REACH.  She said that the GOL 
for the most part prefers the Council's version of the directive to 
the European Parliament's (EP) version.  Aurelija Bajoraitiene, 
Chief Desk Officer of the Ministry of Environment's Chemical 
Management Division, agreed.  She emphasized that the reconciliation 
of the Council's version and the EP's version will allow for further 
improvements in the text, and that she expected all stakeholders, 
including industry, to participate in this process.  Bajorataitiene 
said that the GOL shares USG concerns that the development of the 
REACH Implentation Projects (RIPS) technical guidance documents, as 
well, should be a transparent process, involving a broad spectrum of 
stakeholders. 
 
¶3. (SBU) Jegorova observed that most Lithuanians have never heard of 
REACH and that the GOL intends to launch an informational campaign 
to alert citizens and businesses about REACH compliance.  We 
emphasized that REACH will affect many American companies, and urged 
the GOL to ensure that the USG and U.S. companies can participate in 
drafting RIPS documents. 
 
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