Viewing cable 07VILNIUS87
Title: LITHUANIA CRITICAL OF EU'S AVIATION EMISSIONS PLANS

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07VILNIUS872007-02-07 09:15:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/05/2017 
TAGS: EAIR ECON SENV LH EUN
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA CRITICAL OF EU'S AVIATION EMISSIONS PLANS 
 
REF: SECSTATE 4858 
 
Classified By: Political-Economic Section Chief Rebecca Dunham for reas 
ons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (C) Minister of Environment Kundrotas told the Ambassador 
on January 24 that he was not in favor of the EU's proposal 
to include aviation emissions in the emissions trading scheme 
(ETS).  He stressed that the EU's proposed scheme would harm 
Lithuania's plans to expand its air transport sector. 
Kundrotas said that he was generally unsatisfied with the 
EU's "stern" campaign to reduce member states' emissions 
quotas, adding that Lithuania was the only member state to 
reject categorically the proposed emissions caps.  He said 
that he was disappointed that the EU was trying to deal with 
Lithuania and the other new member states as "established 
economies" without taking into account their development 
strategies. 
 
¶2. (C) Ministry of Transportation Senior Specialist Vilius 
Veitas told us January 31 that the Ministry of Transportation 
(MoT) also strongly opposes the EU's proposal on aviation 
emissions because it would hamper the growth of Lithuania's 
air transport sector.  Veitas said that the MoT prefers to 
address the issue of aviation emissions within ICAO.  He 
emphasized that subtle changes in the EU's proposal would not 
suffice to change opinions within the MoT, stressing that the 
proposal needed changes in principle to get the MoT's support. 
 
¶3. (C) COMMENT:  While the GOL has not yet formalized its 
position on this issue, the two most relevant ministries 
within the GOL clearly oppose the Commission's plans. 
Lithuania rarely leads the charge against a measure within 
the EU, but on this issue it may voice its opposition if it 
finds like-minded member states.  We are encouraging it to do 
so. 
KELLY