Petition Under Section 302 on the U.S.-Israel Free Trade Agreement; Decision Not To Initiate Investigation, 41858-41859 [2011-17808]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 41858 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 136 / Friday, July 15, 2011 / Notices not to initiate a Section 301 investigation. DATES: Effective Date: July 8, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan Weinberger, Associate General Counsel, (202) 395–0317; Leslie O’Connor, Deputy Assistant USTR for Central America and the Dominican Republic, (202) 395–5190; Kimberley Claman, Senior Director for Investment Affairs & Financial Services, (202) 395– 4510; and William Busis, Deputy Assistant USTR for Monitoring and Enforcement and Chair of the Section 301 Committee, (202) 395–3150. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 24, 2011, representatives of two individuals—Mauricio Gadala Maria and Carolina Maratos Gadala Maria— filed a petition requesting that the Trade Representative initiate a Section 301 investigation with respect to alleged expropriations without adequate compensation by the Government of the Dominican Republic. The petition states that Elias Gadala Maria—the father of the two petitioners—was a national of El Salvador who invested in the Dominican Republic in the early 1950s, during the Trujillo regime. The property of Mr. Gadala Maria, according to the petition, was nationalized in 1961 and 1962 following the end of the Trujillo regime. The two petitioners—U.S. nationals who reside in Florida—allege to be heirs of Mr. Gadala Maria, and thus claim a property interest in having the Dominican Republic provide adequate compensation for the alleged expropriations. The petition also alleges that the Government of the Dominican Republic has continued to take actions—as recently as March 2011— that infringe petitioners’ property rights. Petitioners allege that the Government of the Dominican Republic breached its CAFTA–DR obligations to accord ‘‘fair and equitable treatment and full protection and security,’’ and to provide ‘‘prompt, adequate and, effective compensation,’’ with respect to investments covered by the CAFTA–DR. Petitioners also contend that the Government of the Dominican Republic has acted unreasonably in denying compensation for the alleged expropriations. Petitioners further claim that the government of the Dominican Republic acted in a ‘‘discriminatory’’ manner because Mr. Gadala Maria allegedly received less favorable treatment than other investors whose property allegedly was expropriated in 1961/62 at the end of the Trujillo regime. Pursuant to the advice of the interagency Section 301 Committee, the Trade Representative has determined VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:55 Jul 14, 2011 Jkt 223001 not to initiate a Section 301 investigation in response to the petition on three separate grounds. First, to the extent that the petition is alleging the expropriation of the property of the petitioners’ father—Mr. Gadala Maria— the petition does not allege the expropriation of any property of a U.S. investor because, according to the petition, Mr. Gadala Maria was not a U.S. national. Second, USTR is not in a position to investigate events that occurred five decades ago—well before both the enactment of the Trade Act and the entry into force of the CAFTA–DR —and thus a Section 301 investigation would not be effective in addressing the matters raised in the petition. Third, with regard to more recent acts, policies, and practices of the Dominican Republic that petitioners allege to breach the Dominican Republic’s investment obligations under the CAFTA–DR, such allegations can be addressed more effectively and directly through Investor-State dispute resolution under Chapter Ten of the CAFTA–DR, which affords U.S. investors the right to pursue claims for resolution of Investor-State disputes without requiring intervention by the U.S. Government. The merits of any such claims would be determined by an international arbitration panel formed to hear the dispute. William Busis, Chair, Section 301 Committee. [FR Doc. 2011–17807 Filed 7–14–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W1–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Petition Under Section 302 on the U.S.Israel Free Trade Agreement; Decision Not To Initiate Investigation Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Decision not to initiate investigation. AGENCY: On May 24, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) received a petition pursuant to section 302 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (‘‘Trade Act’’), requesting that the United States Trade Representative (‘‘Trade Representative’’) initiate an investigation under sections 301–309 of the Trade Act (‘‘Section 301’’) with respect to alleged conduct of the Government of Israel during the negotiation in the 1980s of the U.S.Israel Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Israel FTA). In accordance with the advice of the interagency Section 301 Committee, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00106 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the Trade Representative has determined not to initiate an investigation in response to the petition. DATES: Effective Date: July 8, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan Weinberger, Associate General Counsel, (202) 395–0317; Sonia Franceski, Director for Middle East Affairs, (202) 395–4620; or William Busis, Deputy Assistant USTR for Monitoring and Enforcement and Chair of the Section 301 Committee, (202) 395–3150. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 24, 2011, an organization entitled the ‘‘Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy’’ (‘‘IRMEP’’) filed a petition pursuant to section 302 of the Trade Act alleging that in 1984, during the negotiation of the U.S.-Israel FTA, the Government of Israel misappropriated business confidential information provided to USTR and the U.S. International Trade Commission by U.S. trade associations, companies, and industries. The petition alleges that the Government of Israel used this information to gain a systemic advantage in the U.S. market, and that this is the cause of the bilateral U.S. trade deficit with Israel. The petition further claims that the alleged misappropriation has diminished the profits of U.S. industry. The petition seeks a $6.64 billion settlement from the Government of Israel, to be divided among U.S. industry groups. Upon the advice of the interagency Section 301 Committee, the Trade Representative has determined on two separate grounds not to initiate a Section 301 investigation in response to the petition. First, IRMEP—which describes itself as an organization involved in Middle East policy formation—lacks standing to file a petition addressed to an alleged loss of revenue by U.S. companies. The petition provides a diverse list of 76 corporations and industry associations that purportedly opposed the U.S.-Israel FTA in the mid-1980s, and the petition alleges that IRMEP represents ‘‘some’’ of those corporations and industry associations. USTR regulations, however, require that a petition affirmatively ‘‘identify the * * * firm or association * * * which petitioner represents and describe briefly the economic interest of the petitioner which is directly affected by’’ the matter addressed in the petition. 15 CFR 2006.1(a)(1). The petition fails to do so. Second, the petition fails to allege the existence of any act, policy, or practice of the Government of Israel that might be actionable under Section 301. Rather, the petition is addressed to an alleged E:\FR\FM\15JYN1.SGM 15JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 136 / Friday, July 15, 2011 / Notices act by the Government of Israel that occurred over 27 years ago; the petition does not allege that any current acts, policies or practices of the Government of Israel are unjustifiable or unreasonable and burden or restrict U.S. commerce. William Busis, Chair, Section 301 Committee. 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Title: Certification of Airports, 14 CFR part 139. Form Numbers: FAA Form 5280–1. Type of Review: Renewal of an information collection. Background: Information collection requirements contained in the final rule is used by the FAA to determine an airport operator’s compliance with Part 139 safety and operational requirements, and to assist airport personnel to perform duties required under the proposed regulation. Respondents: Approximately 563 airport operators. Frequency: Information is collected on occasion. Estimated Average Burden per Response: 22 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 100,132 hours. Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. 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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 136 (Friday, July 15, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 41858-41859]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-17808]


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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Petition Under Section 302 on the U.S.-Israel Free Trade 
Agreement; Decision Not To Initiate Investigation

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Decision not to initiate investigation.

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SUMMARY: On May 24, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade 
Representative (USTR) received a petition pursuant to section 302 of 
the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (``Trade Act''), requesting that the 
United States Trade Representative (``Trade Representative'') initiate 
an investigation under sections 301-309 of the Trade Act (``Section 
301'') with respect to alleged conduct of the Government of Israel 
during the negotiation in the 1980s of the U.S.-Israel Free Trade 
Agreement (U.S.-Israel FTA). In accordance with the advice of the 
interagency Section 301 Committee, the Trade Representative has 
determined not to initiate an investigation in response to the 
petition.

DATES: Effective Date: July 8, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan Weinberger, Associate General 
Counsel, (202) 395-0317; Sonia Franceski, Director for Middle East 
Affairs, (202) 395-4620; or William Busis, Deputy Assistant USTR for 
Monitoring and Enforcement and Chair of the Section 301 Committee, 
(202) 395-3150.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 24, 2011, an organization entitled 
the ``Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy'' (``IRMEP'') filed 
a petition pursuant to section 302 of the Trade Act alleging that in 
1984, during the negotiation of the U.S.-Israel FTA, the Government of 
Israel misappropriated business confidential information provided to 
USTR and the U.S. International Trade Commission by U.S. trade 
associations, companies, and industries. The petition alleges that the 
Government of Israel used this information to gain a systemic advantage 
in the U.S. market, and that this is the cause of the bilateral U.S. 
trade deficit with Israel. The petition further claims that the alleged 
misappropriation has diminished the profits of U.S. industry. The 
petition seeks a $6.64 billion settlement from the Government of 
Israel, to be divided among U.S. industry groups.
    Upon the advice of the interagency Section 301 Committee, the Trade 
Representative has determined on two separate grounds not to initiate a 
Section 301 investigation in response to the petition. First, IRMEP--
which describes itself as an organization involved in Middle East 
policy formation--lacks standing to file a petition addressed to an 
alleged loss of revenue by U.S. companies. The petition provides a 
diverse list of 76 corporations and industry associations that 
purportedly opposed the U.S.-Israel FTA in the mid-1980s, and the 
petition alleges that IRMEP represents ``some'' of those corporations 
and industry associations. USTR regulations, however, require that a 
petition affirmatively ``identify the * * * firm or association * * * 
which petitioner represents and describe briefly the economic interest 
of the petitioner which is directly affected by'' the matter addressed 
in the petition. 15 CFR 2006.1(a)(1). The petition fails to do so.
    Second, the petition fails to allege the existence of any act, 
policy, or practice of the Government of Israel that might be 
actionable under Section 301. Rather, the petition is addressed to an 
alleged

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act by the Government of Israel that occurred over 27 years ago; the 
petition does not allege that any current acts, policies or practices 
of the Government of Israel are unjustifiable or unreasonable and 
burden or restrict U.S. commerce.

William Busis,
Chair, Section 301 Committee.
[FR Doc. 2011-17808 Filed 7-14-11; 8:45 am]
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