ACCESSION NUMBER:360820 FILE ID:EUR414 DATE:09/15/94 TITLE:PORTUGUESE FOREIGN MINISTER BARROSO VISITS THE U.S. (09/15/94) TEXT:*94091512.PFE *EUR414 09/15/94 PORTUGUESE FOREIGN MINISTER BARROSO VISITS THE U.S. (State Department Fact Sheet 09/15/94) (350) Portuguese Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Durao Barroso is visiting the United States September 15 and 16. This is his first visit to the United States since becoming Foreign Minister in 1992. On September 15, he and Secretary Christopher will sign a customs agreement and exchange protocols of signature regarding the income tax treaty between the United States and Portugal. CONVENTION AND PROTOCOL BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE PORTUGUESE FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBLE TAXATION AND THE PREVENTION OF 1ISCAL EVASION WITH RESPECT TO TAXES ON INCOME The income tax treaty will be the first tax treaty between the two countries and is regarded by both as an important step in promoting trade and investment relations. Portugal is the only member country of the European Union with which the United States does not now have an income tax treaty in effect. The proposed treaty reduces taxes on cross-border payments of dividends, interest, branch profits, and royalties and will there by reduce trade barriers between the two countries. The treaty requires Senate approval. We are hopeful to have the ratification process completed by the end of this year. The treaty will enter into force on the date on which the instruments of ratification are exchanged, and its provisions will generally have effect on the following January 1. Copies of the treaty may be obtained by writing the office of Pubic Affairs, U.S. Treasury Department, Room 2315, Washington, D.C. 20220, or calling (202) 622-2960. CUSTOMS MUTUAL ASSISTANCE AGREEMENT The Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA) will promote U.S.-Portuguese cooperation in prevention, investigation and repression of customs offenses. U.S. domestic laws do not permit disclosure of much information in the absence of a formal agreement or treaty. This agreement will allow us to exchange information, intelligence, and other assistance. U.S. Customs has signed agreements with a number of other countries. As of this date, 25 have entered into force. NNNN .