Costa Rica clears constitutional hurdles for CAFTA

The Costa Rican Constitutional Court approved the last law project for the trade agreement by ruling that it does not have any defects.

Friday, October 31, 2008


Said law is the "Law that reforms several regulations for matters relating to intellectual property," known in the legal environment as "project 12" and which, according to the court, has constitutional foundation and procedures.

According to lawmaker Francisco Antonio Pacheco, the project must now go back to Congress for the second round of debate.

"Next week I believe that it will be approved in the second debate, then it will be sent to the Executive Power to be signed and once everything is approved, the documents will be gathered and take for deposit," Pacheco explained.

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This project was sent back to Congress by the Constitutional Court on September 11, after a previous approval by the full session of Congress was rejected by the magistrates who found errors in the procedural approval of the law.

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The final bill of law required for Costa Rica to join CAFTA was approved this morning at the Legislative Assembly.

Reforms on copyright matters, the last of twelve initiatives included on the CAFTA implementation Agenda, received the second and final approval, with the 38 votes of the G-38, an alliance comprised of PLN, the Libertarian Movement, PUSC and independent assemblymen. The 11 PAC assemblymen voted against the law.

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