Last Costa Rican CAFTA law approved

Yesterday at 6:28 pm lawmakers approved the last implementation law for the FTA in the first round of debate.

Friday, October 17, 2008

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.
The magistrates had pointed out that the law which reforms several laws regarding intellectual property should be published again and consultations with the indigenous communities carried out.

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Costa Rica Hurries Up Last CAFTA Law

August 2009

To speed up its approval, the Executive removed the agrochemical chapter from the last law project of the FTA agenda.

This project, being discussed in Congress for 9 months now, will modify intellectual property regulations.

"The Commerce Ministry removed aspects related to the Law of Undisclosed Information, in order to avoid affecting the definition of 'pharmaceutical product', which impacts agrochemical registration", reported website

Costa Rica approves final CAFTA law.

November 2008

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.

Costa Rica clears constitutional hurdles for CAFTA

October 2008

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

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.

Costa Rica-U.S. Free Trade Agreement hits problems

June 2008

The Free Trade Agreement between with the United States remains in limbo as the Costa Rican Congress still has not ratified it.

Errors in processing the agreement in the assembly and delays in approving several complementary laws mean the deal might not be passed before Congress adjourns next October.

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