Determination Regarding Waiver of Discriminatory Purchasing Requirements With Respect to Goods and Services of a New Member State of the European Union (Republic of Croatia), 60368-60369 [2013-23857]

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E:\FR\FM\01OCN1.SGM 01OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 190 / Tuesday, October 1, 2013 / Notices emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott J. Pietan, Director of International Procurement Policy, Office of the United States Trade Representative, (202) 395–9646. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The European Union (‘‘EU’’) is a party to the World Trade Organization (‘‘WTO’’) Agreement on Government Procurement (‘‘GPA’’) and has assumed rights and obligations under the GPA on behalf of its Member States. On July 1, 2013, the Republic of Croatia acceded to the EU. In light of that accession, the EU has committed to assume rights and obligations on behalf of the new Member State under the GPA. On June 27, 2013 the WTO Committee on Government Procurement approved the application of the GPA to the Republic of Croatia. The United States, which is also a party to the GPA, has agreed to waive discriminatory purchasing requirements for eligible products and suppliers of the Republic of Croatia, beginning on September 30, 2013. Section 1–201 of Executive Order 12260 of December 31, 1980 delegated the functions of the President under sections 301 and 302 of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (‘‘the Trade Agreements Act’’) (19 U.S.C. 2511, 2512) to the United States Trade Representative. Determination: In conformity with sections 301 and 302 of the Trade Agreements Act, and in order to carry out U.S. obligations under the GPA, I hereby determine that: 1. The European Union, including the Republic of Croatia, is an instrumentality that: (A) is a party to the GPA; and (B) will provide appropriate reciprocal competitive government procurement opportunities to United States products and services and suppliers of such products and services. In accordance with section 301(b)(1) of the Trade Agreements Act, the European Union is so designated for purposes of section 301(a) of the Trade Agreements Act. 2. Accordingly, beginning on September 30, 2013, with respect to eligible products (namely, those goods and services covered under the GPA for procurement by the United States) of the Republic of Croatia and suppliers of such products, the application of any law, regulation, procedure, or practice regarding government procurement that would, if applied to such products and suppliers, result in treatment less favorable than that accorded— (A) To United States products and suppliers of such products, or (B) To eligible products of another foreign country or instrumentality VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:45 Sep 30, 2013 Jkt 232001 which is a party to the GPA and suppliers of such products, shall be waived. This waiver shall be applied by all entities listed in United States Annexes 1 and 3 of GPA Appendix 1. 3. The Trade Representative may modify or withdraw the designation in paragraph 1 and the waiver in paragraph 2. 4. This notice shall not affect the treatment to be accorded to eligible products of any country that was a Member State of the European Union before September 30, 2013. Dated: September 17, 2013. Mike Froman, United States Trade Representative. [FR Doc. 2013–23857 Filed 9–30–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3290–F3–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration Discretionary Funding Opportunity Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA): Solicitation of Project Proposals for Innovative Safety, Resiliency, and All-Hazards Emergency Response and Recovery Research Demonstrations. AGENCY: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $29,000,000 in Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment Program funds for innovative safety, resiliency, and allhazards emergency response and recovery research demonstration projects of national significance. This NOFA makes funds available for cooperative agreements to engage in the demonstration of innovative technologies, methods, practices and techniques in three areas: (1) Operational safety, (2) infrastructure or equipment resiliency and (3) all-hazards emergency response and recovery methods. Eligible applicants include providers of public transportation; State and local governmental entities; departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the Government including Federal laboratories; private or non-profit organizations; institutions of higher education; and technical and community colleges. This notice solicits competitive proposals addressing priorities established by FTA for these research areas, provides instructions for submitting proposals, and describes criteria FTA will use to identify meritorious proposals for funding. This SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00127 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60369 NOFA is also available on the FTA Web site at: www.fta.dot.gov. FTA will announce final selections on the Web site and in the Federal Register. Additionally, a synopsis of this funding opportunity will appear on the government-wide electronic grants Web site www.grants.gov (GRANTS.GOV). DATES: Complete proposals must be submitted electronically through the (GRANTS.GOV) ‘‘APPLY’’ function by December 2, 2013. Prospective applicants should initiate the process by registering on the GRANTS.GOV Web site promptly to ensure completion of the application process before the submission deadline. Instructions for applying can be found on FTA’s Web site at https://www.fta.dot.gov/grants/ 13077.html and in the ‘‘FIND’’ module of GRANTS.GOV. Mail and fax submissions will not be accepted. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific information regarding the three areas of research targeted within this NOFA contact the following program specialists in FTA’s Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation (TRI): For operational safety questions, contact Roy Chen, Office of Technology, email: royweishun.chen@dot.gov. For infrastructure or equipment resiliency questions, please contact Terrell Williams, Office of Technology, email: terrell.williams@dot.gov. For all-hazards emergency response and recovery questions contact Patrick Centolanzi, Office of Technology, email: patrick.centolanzi@dot.gov. For general program information on this opportunity, contact Matthew Lesh, email: matthew.lesh@dot.gov. A TDD is available at 1–800–877–8339 (TDD/ FIRS). 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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Determination Regarding Waiver of Discriminatory Purchasing 
Requirements With Respect to Goods and Services of a New Member State 
of the European Union (Republic of Croatia)

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Determination Regarding Waiver of Discriminatory Purchasing 
Requirements under the Trade Agreements Act of 1979.

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DATES: Effective Date: September 30, 2013.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott J. Pietan, Director of 
International Procurement Policy, Office of the United States Trade 
Representative, (202) 395-9646.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The European Union (``EU'') is a party to 
the World Trade Organization (``WTO'') Agreement on Government 
Procurement (``GPA'') and has assumed rights and obligations under the 
GPA on behalf of its Member States. On July 1, 2013, the Republic of 
Croatia acceded to the EU. In light of that accession, the EU has 
committed to assume rights and obligations on behalf of the new Member 
State under the GPA. On June 27, 2013 the WTO Committee on Government 
Procurement approved the application of the GPA to the Republic of 
Croatia. The United States, which is also a party to the GPA, has 
agreed to waive discriminatory purchasing requirements for eligible 
products and suppliers of the Republic of Croatia, beginning on 
September 30, 2013.
    Section 1-201 of Executive Order 12260 of December 31, 1980 
delegated the functions of the President under sections 301 and 302 of 
the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (``the Trade Agreements Act'') (19 
U.S.C. 2511, 2512) to the United States Trade Representative.
    Determination: In conformity with sections 301 and 302 of the Trade 
Agreements Act, and in order to carry out U.S. obligations under the 
GPA, I hereby determine that:
    1. The European Union, including the Republic of Croatia, is an 
instrumentality that: (A) is a party to the GPA; and (B) will provide 
appropriate reciprocal competitive government procurement opportunities 
to United States products and services and suppliers of such products 
and services. In accordance with section 301(b)(1) of the Trade 
Agreements Act, the European Union is so designated for purposes of 
section 301(a) of the Trade Agreements Act.
    2. Accordingly, beginning on September 30, 2013, with respect to 
eligible products (namely, those goods and services covered under the 
GPA for procurement by the United States) of the Republic of Croatia 
and suppliers of such products, the application of any law, regulation, 
procedure, or practice regarding government procurement that would, if 
applied to such products and suppliers, result in treatment less 
favorable than that accorded--
    (A) To United States products and suppliers of such products, or
    (B) To eligible products of another foreign country or 
instrumentality which is a party to the GPA and suppliers of such 
products, shall be waived. This waiver shall be applied by all entities 
listed in United States Annexes 1 and 3 of GPA Appendix 1.
    3. The Trade Representative may modify or withdraw the designation 
in paragraph 1 and the waiver in paragraph 2.
    4. This notice shall not affect the treatment to be accorded to 
eligible products of any country that was a Member State of the 
European Union before September 30, 2013.

    Dated: September 17, 2013.
Mike Froman,
United States Trade Representative.
[FR Doc. 2013-23857 Filed 9-30-13; 8:45 am]
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