Letter from the President to the Senate: Protocol Amending the 1950 Consular Convention between the US and Ireland (9/5/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                           September 5, 2000


     I transmit herewith, for the Senate?s advice and consent to
ratification, the Protocol Amending the 1950 Consular Convention Between
the United States of America and Ireland, signed at Washington on June 16,
1998.  Also transmitted for the informa-tion of the Senate is the report of
the Department of State with respect to the Protocol.

     The Protocol expands the scope of tax exemption under the 1950
Consular Convention Between the United States of America and Ireland to
provide for reciprocal exemption from all taxes, including Value Added
Taxes (VAT) on goods and services for the official use of the mission or
for the personal use of mission members and families.  The amendment will
provide financial benefit to the United States, both through direct savings
on embassy purchases of goods and services as well as through lowering the
cost of living for United States Government employees assigned to the U.S.
Embassy in Dublin.

     Because the Protocol will achieve long-term tax exemption on the
purchase of goods and services for our embassy and personnel in Ireland, I
recommend that the Senate give early and favorable consideration to the
Protocol and give its advice and consent to ratification.

                                   WILLIAM J. CLINTON

    September 5, 2000.

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