Notification of the First Meetings of the U.S.-Korea FTA Environmental Affairs Council and ECA Environmental Cooperation Commission and Request for Comments on the Meeting Agendas
The Department of State and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') are providing notice that the United States and the Republic of Korea (hereinafter ``Korea'') intend to hold the first meetings of the Environmental Affairs Council (the ``Council'' or ``EAC'') and of the Environmental Cooperation Commission (the ``Commission'' or ``ECC'') in Washington, DC, on February 14, 2013. The United States and Korea established the Council pursuant to Chapter 20 (Environment) of the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (``FTA'') and the Commission pursuant to Article 3 of the United States-Korea Environmental Cooperation Agreement (``ECA''). During the Council meeting, the United States and Korea (collectively the ``Parties'') will discuss their respective implementation of and progress under the Environment Chapter (Chapter 20) of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement. During the Commission meeting, the Parties will discuss plans for ongoing and future environmental cooperation and will develop an environmental cooperation Work Program for the 2012-2015 period. All interested persons are invited to attend a public session where they will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss implementation of Chapter 20 and U.S.- Korea environmental cooperation with Council and Commission Members. The public session will be held at 2:00 p.m., February 14, 2013, at the Department of State in room 1105 of the Harry S. Truman Building, 2201 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20520. To attend the public session, please contact Deborah Grout for pre-clearance procedures. For further information please contact Deborah Grout or Leslie Yang (contact information below). The Department of State and USTR also invite interested agencies, organizations, and members of the public to submit written comments or suggestions regarding the meeting agendas. In preparing comments or suggestions, we encourage submitters to refer to: (1) The United States-Korea Environmental Cooperation Agreement; (2) Chapter 20 (Environment) of the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement; and (3) the Environmental Review of the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement. These documents are available at http://www.state.gov/e/oes/ env/trade/c49687.htm.