Free Zones create discord with Europe

The European Union does not accept the proposal for special regimes within the framework of negotiations with the Isthmus.

Monday, December 8, 2008

The regional proposal which includes the export of production under special regimes, including free zones, has become a new impasse in negotiations between the EU and CA.

The proposal was rejected by the Europeans during a mini-round on Rules of Origin, which included representatives from the Governments of both groups, that was held from December 3-5 in Brussels, Belgium.

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