Central America and the EU Advance in Association Agreement

Negotiating teams closed chapters on health and food health measures in the Association Agreement between the two blocks.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The announcement was made by Roberto Echandi, Costa Rica’s chief negotiator, who explained they also closed the technical regulations chapter.

“Echandi explained that these chapters are very important for Central America’s agriculture industry, as they will put in place faster consultation mechanisms to resolve conflicts and doubts regarding the entrance of goods to Europe”, reported China.org.cn.

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EU and CA Close Sustainable Development Chapter

April 2010

Central America won’t face commercial sanctions for failing to comply with environmental or labor regulations.

Additionally, the chapter forbids countries from reducing labor or environmental standards in order to attract investment.

Roberto Echandi, head of the Costa Rican delegation, commented that “…this chapter is one of the most important breakthroughs achieved so far at the VIII negotiation round”.

Slight Progress in EU Negotiation

April 2010

Rubén Morales, Guatemalan Economy Minister, said there was some progress in the market access topic, but refused to give details.

The head of the Costa Rican delegation, Roberto Echandi, also reported advances in rules of origin.

“The EU has been more receptive”, he said, adding they closed two chapters on commercial defense and some aspects related to sanitary and phitosanitary measures.

Regional Technical Agreements Indispensable for EU

February 2010

During the negotiations, the European Union requested Central America unified regulations in sanitary, technical and plant health issues.

This was one of the most debated topics of today’s negotiation, commented Roberto Echandi, Costa Rica’s chief negotiator.

“Additionally, there are still disagreements in sustainable development.

EU has Flexible Position on Plastic

May 2009

The countries of the isthmus may import resins for plastic manufacture in the region for subsequent export.

The chief Costa Rican negotiator, Roberto Echandi, also reported that progress was made in some service areas.

Marvin Barquero, in his article in Nacion.com reported the chief negotiator’s statements: "They initially requested a lot of openness in courier and postal services.

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