EU has Flexible Position on Plastic

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

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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

Marvin Barquero, in his article in reported the chief negotiator’s statements: "They initially requested a lot of openness in courier and postal services. In the first case, there is no problem. However, Costa Rica has a problem with the second one. In yesterday's meeting, the European negotiators relaxed their position with regard to postal services."

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Central America and the EU Advance in Association Agreement

March 2010

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

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

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 Relaxes Rules in Several Areas

May 2009

In addition to plastics, the European Union made concessions in chocolate, palm oil, fertilizers and chemicals.

According to the flexibility incorporated into the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union, enterprises in the region may include materials from outside into products that are then exported to Europe under the tariff regime established in the Agreement.

Nicaragua Agrees to Return to Negotiations with EU

April 2009

The Nicaraguan Vice Chancellor indicated that the country will listen to new proposals for the regional fund in the meeting in Brussels.

In confirming Nicaragua’s attendance at the "informal meeting" between the chief negotiators of the European Union and Central America in Brussels next Thursday and Friday, Manuel Coronel, Vice Chancellor and head of the Nicaraguan negotiators, indicated they are open to “other scenarios that might favor Central America."

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