Guatemala Could Enter AA with EU in November

The country has fulfilled the last requirement which was pending, the registration of geographical indications, meaning that the Association Agreement could come into force in November.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Ministry of Economy will notify on September 30 that it has complied with the ratification of the Association Agreement with the European Union and with the 60-day period required for amendments to the Law on Industrial Property related to geographical indications.

"I don't believe that there will any problems. We have fulfilled the commitment to the registration of geographical indications, the opposition period ends on September 27 and so far there has been no opposition, however, because of the timing it will probably come into force on 1 November," said the Economy Minister Sergio de la Torre.

"We are making an effort with our embassy in Brussels to to see if the European Council might give a waiver by saying: Well, if there is no opposition in Guatemala and all is well, it could enter into force on 1 October if not it will be until November 1st, " said Maria Luisa Flores, Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade.

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El Salvador Paves the Way Into AA

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The country has resolved the differences it had with Italy, allowing the Association Agreement with the European Union to enter into force as soon as possible.

From a press release by the Ministry of Economy of El Salvador:

Today, September 23 the Finance Minister, Armando Flores and Deputy Minister of Economy, Mario Roger Hernandez, met with the Deputy Minister of Economic Development of Italy, Carlo Calenda in order to discuss the Italian opposition to the entry into force of the Association Agreement with the European Union (ADA) for El Salvador, after Italy, in July this year, did not vote for the Agreement to enter into force on 1 August 2013 for El Salvador and Costa Rica and did vote to give it to Nicaragua, Honduras and Panama.

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