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05VIENNA2940
2005-09-01 14:14:00
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Embassy Vienna
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FOOD AID AND THE WTO: AUSTRIAN RESPONSE

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						UNCLAS VIENNA 002940 

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR JANET SHANNON
DEPT PLEASE PASS TO USAID (DALE SKORIC)
DEPT OF AGRICUTLURE FOR FAS (ELIZABETH AUTRY)
ROME FOR FODAG

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAGR AU WTO AID
SUBJECT: FOOD AID AND THE WTO: AUSTRIAN RESPONSE

REF: STATE 155973

UNCLAS VIENNA 002940

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR JANET SHANNON
DEPT PLEASE PASS TO USAID (DALE SKORIC)
DEPT OF AGRICUTLURE FOR FAS (ELIZABETH AUTRY)
ROME FOR FODAG

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAGR AU WTO AID
SUBJECT: FOOD AID AND THE WTO: AUSTRIAN RESPONSE

REF: STATE 155973


1. On August 25-26, Post conveyed reftel nonpaper on
proposed reform recommendations for the FAO's Consultative
Subcommittee on Surplus Disposal (CSSD) to Gabriella
Habermayer, Head of the Ministry of Economy's Multilateral
Trade Division; to Friedrich Huemer, Head of the Ministry of
Agriculture's International Trade Division; and to Franz
Hoerlberger, the MFA's point-of contact for FAO issues. In
an August 31 follow-up discussion with Econ Unit Chief,
Habermayer agreed that the WTO was not the proper form to
monitor food aid disciplines. Habermayer added that, in
principle, the GoA supported a reform of the CSSD, but she
questioned whether it was feasible to reform the moribund
CSSD thoroughly. Nevertheless, Habermayer said the GoA would
support a convocation of a working group, under the auspices
of the FAO, to evaluate CSSD reform proposals.
Brown