Costa Rica: Approval of FTA with Panama to be stepped up
In a single session, and with the unanimous support of the nine members on the special committee for International Affairs, lawmakers ruled on the FTA with Panama.
Friday, August 8, 2008
The agreement was presented by the Executive last Monday and lawmakers took no more than two hours to endorse it. The plan will now be sent to the full session of Congress for the first debate.
The full session of Congress unanimously approved the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Panama yesterday after the second reading and debate.
The Constitutional Court endorsed the FTA with Panama after finding no conflicts with the Constitution; the project will be voted on in Congress in the next few days.
Costa Rica legislators should approve the agreement this week at the latest after the second debate on the commercial agreement with Panama.
Legislators have to ratify the decision in a second round of voting once the period of ordinary sessions start next week.
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