Viewing cable 07LISBON1057
Title: PORTUGAL ON THE APRIL 19 EC STANDING COMMITTEE

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07LISBON10572007-04-19 11:29:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL//NOFORN Embassy Lisbon
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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 5791
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C O N F I D E N T I A L LISBON 001057 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NOFORN 
SIPDIS 
 
PASS TO USDA/FAS (ELIZABETH JONES), USTR (D.VETTER) 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/17/2017 
 
TAGS: EAGR ECON ETRD EU PO
SUBJECT: PORTUGAL ON THE APRIL 19 EC STANDING COMMITTEE 
 
REF: A. A) SECSTATE 50150 
 
     ¶B. B) LISBON 438 
 
Classified By: Inga Heemink, Pol/Econ Officer, Embassy Lisbon, 
Reasons 1.4(b) and 1.4(d). 
 
¶1. (C) On April 18, Ambassador Hoffman sent a letter 
incorporating reftel A talking points to Luis Caiano, 
Assistant to the Ministry of Agriculture's Deputy State 
Secretary of Agriculture and Fishes, urging Portugal to vote 
 
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favorably at the April 19 Standing Committee of the Food 
Chain and Public Health.  Pol/Econ officer followed up with 
Rui Noronho of the Ministry of Agriculture Office of Planning 
and Policies (GPPAA), who stated that there were some 
questions regarding the analysis of the stacks under 
consideration, but that Portugal would "not vote against" the 
varieties if the Portuguese concerns could be addressed. 
 
¶2. (C/NF) However, a reliable Embassy contact and biotech 
expert in Portugal reported in confidence that Portugal was 
inclined to vote favorably on the sugarbeet variety but not 
on the two corn varieties.  He added that Lurdes Camilo and 
Paula Bico, also from the GPPAA, believe that neither 
Monsanto nor Pioneer have ever presented suitable control 
methods for the maize stacks and would recommend to the 
Commission not to conduct a vote on these stacks. 
 
¶3. (C) Comment: While Portugal is one of the few European 
countries to plant biotech corn and both the farmers and 
animal feed industry have repeatedly expressed their desire 
for greater access to biotech crops, the GOP's position on 
these issues is unclear. In the past, the Portuguese 
representatives voting in the EU have decided to vote against 
the advice and recommendations of their technical staff 
(reftel B).  Our contact also reports that many at the 
Ministry of Agriculture are unhappy due to reorganization and 
layoffs, which has created difficulty in extracting clarity 
on some important policy positions.  We have found our 
contact to be the most accurate indicator of Portugal's 
biotech voting. 
Hoffman