|07ROME304||2007-02-13 14:36:00||UNCLASSIFIED||Embassy Rome|
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UNCLAS ROME 000304
1. (SBU) GOI representatives report a strong interest within
the EU and among the GOI technical authorities to have new EU
legislation addressing environmental pollution generally, and
aviation emissions specifically. From their comments, it
seems that neither the GOI nor the EU have determined a final
position on the content/substance of the regulations. For
this reason, post believes that USG can continue to influence
the aviation emissions debate. END SUMMARY.
2. (SBU) EconOffs met with Achille Vinci Giacchi, Diplomatic
Advisor to the Ministry of Transport, on January 30. He was
confident that there was enough time remaining to reach a
solution satisfying to both pro- and anti-emissions groups
before any EU regulations are enacted. He stated that
Italy's technical aviation authorities (ENAC--Italy's
aviation authority) will raise the matter within the ICAO
context and may find a solution there.
3. (SBU) Vinci Giacchi also thought that since larger
environmental control issues were more difficult to resolve,
some EU members sought to use aviation emissions as a way to
push the environmental agenda. With greater USG flexibility
on environmental issues generally, he said, the EU might be
less aggressive in its aviation emissions control efforts.
He noted that the date for international carrier compliance
with proposed EU aviation standards was still under
discussion, and that the EU might decide to extend the date
so far into the future that such regulation would be
4. (SBU) A/ECMIN also met with Massimo Gajani, Diplomatic
Advisor to the Ministry of EU Affairs, on February 9. Gajani
mentioned that environmental issues are a high priority in
the EU now; he believes that the proposed EU aviation
emissions regulation is a strategy to establish the EU as an
international leader on environmental policy. With many EU
and non-EU competing policy interests, including both
competition and environmental, Gajani thought that ultimately
heads of EU member states may need to decide the final form
of any aviation emissions regulation.
5. (SBU) Gajani mentioned that he and Vinci Giacchi will
write the GOI position paper on aviation emissions regulation
to be submitted to the EU. Gajani stated that they will bear
in mind USG views when preparing the position paper.
Ultimately, he said, the EU and the U.S. must work together.
6. (SBU) Neither Gajani nor Vinci Giacchi could be drawn out
on whether or not the GOI supports the proposed EU
regulation. While Vinci Giacchi mentioned, in passing, a
possible ICAO role in deciding on an aviation emissions
regulation, both our interlocutors seemed to prefer
EU-drafted regulations. That said, both hinted at
disagreement both within the EU and the GOI on the means and
timetable for addressing aviation emissions. For this
reason, Post believes that the USG can continue to influence
the aviation emissions discussion in Europe in both Brussels
and Italy. END COMMENT.