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EU to start negotiations for Association Agreement with the Andean Community
The EU and the Andean Community announced yesterday in Santo Domingo their intention to start negotiations for an Association Agreement in the margins of the next EU-Andean Community Joint Committee that will be held in La Paz at the end of May 2007.
EU: APEB wants boycott of banana imports in FTA talks with Latin America
The association of European banana producers APEB has announced that it will request the EU to leave any discussion of the banana import tariff out of the negotiations on economic collaboration or free trade agreements with the Andean countries in South America and with the countries in Central America.
CAN and EU: Negotiations to Start Soon
The Community of Andean Nations and the European Union reaffirmed the promise Tuesday to begin negotiations as soon as possible to sign an economic association agreement, the CAN press office reported after meeting on Monday evening.
Andean Community survived in 2006, doubtful prospects for 2007
The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales and the elected President from Ecuador, Rafael Correa, confirmed that their countries would continue as full members of the Andean Community (CAN). However, they state that strong changes are necessary to consolidate a social as well as an economic integration.
US Congress backs Vietnam trade
The United States Congress has passed landmark legislation normalising trade ties with Vietnam. The trade vote package also expanded trade relations with Haiti, and tweaked Washington’s trade preferences with several states in Latin America and beyond.
South American summit dreams of uniting continent’s governments, people
Hopes for a continentwide trading community and a celebration of the region’s populist movements will highlight a two-day summit of South American leaders hosted by Bolivian President Evo Morales.
EC to negotiate Association Agreements with Andean Community and Central America
The EU Commission notified its intention to begin negotiations for Association Agreements in the first quarter of 2007, which would gradually become free trade agreements with the Andean Community (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru) and Central American countries (Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala). However, this process could be broken because of the new demands on part of Ecuador before the WTO.
Central America & Andean Community: Commission proposes negotiating directives for Association Agreements
The Agreements will set out the conditions for the gradual establishment of Free Trade Area between the EU and the two regions, and develop both intra- and bi-regional trade exchanges.
Chile re-enters Andean Community
A council of Andean foreign ministers yesterday approved Chile’s re-entry to the Andean Community of Nations trade group after a three-decade absence.
A bridge between Asia and South America
In the last few months, Chile has made it clear that it intends to become a trade platform between the vast Asia Pacific region and the Andean countries, by means of trade treaties and political integration. Prompt re-entry into the Andean Community of Nations (CAN) would be a step in that direction.
Chile formally requests incorporation to CAN
Chile formally requested incorporation to the Andean Community of Nations, CAN, in a letter sent by President Michelle Bachelet to her counterparts from Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru, reported Foreign Affairs minister Alejandro Foxley.
US trade sanctions seek to pressure Latin America
The US government’s announcement that it will review the possibility of limiting, suspending, or withdrawing trade preferences under the General System of Preferences (GSP) to three Latin American countries—Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela—is political pressure to make these nations participate in the model of regional integration proposed by the United States.
South America: towards union or disintegration?
Is South American integration doomed, as much of the press reports? Or is there steady progress towards wider and deeper union, as the agenda of the Mercosur summit in Cordoba, Argentina, on 20-21 July, suggests?
Baseline positions of Bolivian Government for association agreement with the EU
If the CAN countries work out their differences, including establishment of a common tariff, EU-CAN talks could get under way in January 2007, and the association agreement, which includes political, economic, and trade chapters, would come online in May 2008.
Andean Community: Grasping at unity straws
The foreign ministers of the Andean Community of Nations (CAN) forged ahead in attempts to quiet fears of an imminent collapse of the bloc following Venezuela’s withdrawal, despite member-country political differences that were all too evident at the regional summit.
Andean bloc seeks US trade extension
Andean leaders have agreed a new course for their trade bloc without Venezuela. They plan to urge Washington to extend expiring trade benefits designed to help counter cocaine production in the South American region.
Peruvians want Andean summit to speed up trade pact with EU: CAN chief
Peru’s President Alejandro Toledo wants the Andean Community of Nations (CAN) summit set for next Tuesday to push forward negotiations on a trade pact with the European Union, the CAN announced on Wednesday.
EU forges ahead with free trade plans
The European Union and six Central American leaders said Saturday they hoped to launch free trade talks before the end of the year.
Spain seeks agreement with CAN
The Andean Community of Nations (CAN) should come to terms first, before pursuing a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU), sources of the Spanish Foreign Ministry reported Thursday.
EU rules out FTA talks with Andean Community in near future
European Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner on Thursday ruled out the possibility of holding talks with the Andean Community over a free trade agreement.