EU Suspends Meeting with Central America

EU countries have decided to temporarily suspend negotiations to reach an association agreement with Central America.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sources state that “The idea is to continue as soon as possible. All the other Central American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua) have been informed and they have agreed.

Univision.com published: “The European Commission (EC), which is the institution negotiating the agreement in the name of the EU, has recommended “to postpone” the negotiations. The talks have been suspended until next week based on the understanding that the negotiation process will continue, according to sources from the community.”

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Guatemala: Entry Into Force of EU Agreement in December

November 2013

The trade agreement between Guatemala and the European Union will enter into force provisionally on 1 December, authorities announced.

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El Salvador and the United Kingdom Reinforce Trade Relationship

July 2012

In order to increase trade between both countries, the UK Embassy in El Salvador will hold an event about importing goods from Britain.

The purpose of the meeting is to encourage British entrepreneurs to invest in the Salvadoran market, said Ambassador Linda Cross. She also added to the media that a group of British businessmen together with representatives of the Salvadoran Agency for Investment Promotion and Attraction (Proesa) and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of El Salvador are analyzing the implementation of a trade agreement to strengthen business relationships which will come about as a result of the new Association Agreement with the European Union.

Costa Rica: Bittersweet Results from Agreement with the EU

July 2016

Sales by Costa Rica to the EU have diversified because of the entry into force of the AACUE, but the value of exports has decreased and the trade balance is less favorable.

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