Central America-EU FTA Coming Into Force Soon

In late June the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union will be signed in Tegucigalpa, containing a section on trade which will take effect as soon as it is ratified by one of the governments of the region.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The final flourish of the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union (EU) - which consists of three pillars: economic, political and cooperation, is scheduled for between 28th and 29th June in Tegucigalpa, during a summit of Central American presidents.

The trade agreement will phase out tariffs on 99% of the products that both regions sell.

The head of the EU delegation to Central America, Javier Sandomingo, said that "due to imbalances between the regions, Central America still has the challenge of improving its productive capacity in order to meet market demand in Europe."

The political and cooperation pillars will be pending ratification by the parliaments of the 27 countries of the EU.

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