Nicaragua: Trade Agreement with Europe At Risk

The European Parliament will evaluate Nicaragua's possible suspension of the Association Agreement, which allows 91% of products, mostly agricultural, to enter the 28 EU countries under preferential conditions.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The European Parliament plans to discuss Nicaragua's suspension of the Association Agreement (AA), an agreement that allows 91% of products, mostly agricultural, to enter the 28 EU countries under preferential conditions.

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For Guillermo Jacoby, president of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Nicaragua (APEN), "... a suspension of the country's European agreement would remove Nicaraguan products from preferential entry into that market, i.e. they would start paying taxes, which would make them less competitive. That commercial advantage that Nicaragua would lose would be won by the other Central American markets that are also part of the Association Agreement, which would represent a blow for Nicaraguan exporters with effects at the domestic level."

Jacoby explained to Laprensa.com.ni that "... We are on the edge of a social collapse, an economic collapse', and if European threats materialize, thousands of jobs would automatically be lost, foreign investment would come in search of the European market and exportable production would fall."

In addition to economic sanctions, MEPs called for the Sandinistas not to be granted visas to travel to the EU and for their accounts to be frozen on EU territory until human rights are restored in the country.

The sanctions approved for the high command of Daniel Ortega's government, was made with ample majority, however, the final decision to impose them or not, will depend on the foreign ministers of the European Union (EU).

See article in Elpais.com "European Parliament calls for sanctions against Ortega's regime in Nicaragua" and Laprensa.com.ni "Exporters worried about Nicaragua's request for suspension of the Association Agreement with the EU".

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