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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: March 12, 2004

Message to the Senate Transmitting the Slovak Republic-United States Additional Protocol Amending the Reciprocal Encouragement and Protection of Investment Treaty,
March 12, 2004

To the Senate of the United States:

With a view to receiving the advice and consent of the Senate to ratification, I transmit herewith the Additional Protocol Between the United States of America and the Slovak Republic to the Treaty Between the United States of America and the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic Concerning the Reciprocal Encouragement and Protection of Investment of October 22, 1991, signed at Brussels on September 22, 2003. I transmit also, for the information of the Senate, the report of the Department of State with respect to this Protocol.

I have already forwarded to the Senate similar Protocols for Romania and Bulgaria and now forward simultaneously to the Senate Protocols for the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and the Slovak Republic. Each of these Protocols is the result of an understanding the United States reached with the European Commission and these six countries that will join the European Union (EU) on May 1, 2004, as well as with Bulgaria and Romania, which are expected to join the EU in 2007.

The understanding is designed to preserve U.S. bilateral investment treaties (BITs) with each of these countries after their accession to the EU by establishing a framework acceptable to the European Commission for avoiding or remedying present and possible future incompatibilities between their BIT obligations and their future obligations of EU membership. It expresses the U.S. intent to amend the U.S. BITs, including the BIT with the Slovak Republic, in order to eliminate incompatibilities between certain BIT obligations and EU law. It also establishes a framework for addressing any future incompatibilities that may arise as EU authority in the area of investment expands in the future, and endorses the principle of protecting existing U.S. investments from any future EU measures that may restrict foreign investment in the EU.

The United States has long championed the benefits of an open investment climate, both at home and abroad. It is the policy of the United States to welcome market-driven foreign investment and to permit capital to flow freely to seek its highest return. This Protocol preserves the U.S. BIT with the Slovak Republic, with which the United States has an expanding relationship, and the protections it affords U.S. investors even after the Slovak Republic joins the EU. Without it, the European Commission would likely require the Slovak Republic to terminate its U.S. BIT upon accession because of existing and possible future incompatibilities between our current BIT and EU law.

I recommend that the Senate consider this Protocol as soon as possible, and give its advice and consent to ratification at an early date.

George W. Bush
The White House,
March 12, 2004.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Message to the Senate Transmitting the Slovak Republic-United States Additional Protocol Amending the Reciprocal Encouragement and Protection of Investment Treaty, March 12, 2004," Week Ending Friday, March 19, 2004 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, March 19, 2004 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2004), 40:404 Original Sources, accessed February 27, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5JNLGBYQR9JH515.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Message to the Senate Transmitting the Slovak Republic-United States Additional Protocol Amending the Reciprocal Encouragement and Protection of Investment Treaty, March 12, 2004." Week Ending Friday, March 19, 2004, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, March 19, 2004 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2004), 40:404, Original Sources. 27 Feb. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5JNLGBYQR9JH515.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Message to the Senate Transmitting the Slovak Republic-United States Additional Protocol Amending the Reciprocal Encouragement and Protection of Investment Treaty, March 12, 2004' in Week Ending Friday, March 19, 2004. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, March 19, 2004 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2004), 40:404. Original Sources, retrieved 27 February 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5JNLGBYQR9JH515.