Viewing cable 07LISBON1679
Title: PORTUGAL ON JUNE 25 BIOTECH VOTE

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07LISBON16792007-06-22 15:07:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Lisbon
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TAGS: EAGR ECON ETRD EU PO
SUBJECT: PORTUGAL ON JUNE 25 BIOTECH VOTE 
 
REF: A. STATE 86332 
     ¶B. LISBON 1560 
     ¶C. LISBON 1251 
 
Classified By: Heemink, Pol/Econ Officer, Embassy Lisbon, 
Reasons 1.4(b) and 1.4(d). 
 
¶1.  (C/NF)  On June 21, PolEconOff delivered reftel A talking 
points to Rui Noronho of the Ministry of Agriculture's Office 
of Planning and Policies (GPPA), urging Portugal to vote 
favorably at the June 25 Standing Committee of the Food Chain 
and Public Health.  Noronho reiterated the Portuguese policy 
not to block votes on biotech varieties approved by the 
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) but did not elaborate 
further on Portugal's upcoming voting intentions.  On June 
22, a close Embassy contact and Portuguese biotech expert 
reported in confidence that Portugal was planning to vote 
favorably on the Herculex Root Worm variety.  However, in 
regards to the stacked corn varieties, Portugal intends to 
only vote favorably if it is certain that there will be a 
qualified majority.  Otherwise, it will abstain. 
 
¶2.  (C) Comment.  Portugal considers itself a biotech 
proponent, especially in the Standing Committee of the Food 
Chain and Public Health.  It does not regard abstentions as 
negative/blocking and, therefore, views abstaining on the 
stacked corn varieties vote as supportive. 
Hoffman