EU negotiations launch, so does opposition

Tico Times | 25 October 2007

EU Negotiations Launch, So Does Opposition

By Peter Krupa
Tico Times Staff

As negotiations between the European Union and Central America over an association agreement kicked off this week, so did something else: opposition.

At a meeting hosted by the Citizen Action Party (PAC) in a Legislative Assembly conference room, representatives of Central American agriculture groups objected loudly to the free-trade element of the association agreement under discussion.

“The negotiations have started very badly,” said Carlos Aguilar, a spokesman for a group called “The Cry of the Excluded in Mesoamerica,” which Aguilar described as an amalgamation of various small agriculture alliances in the Americas.

The first round of negotiations began in Costa Rica Monday, and yesterday the Foreign Ministry announced the negotiators have agreed on the political and cooperation topics that will be discussed in the following three rounds, to be held this coming December, February and April.

Today Costa Rican officials are scheduled to announce news of financial cooperation between the European Union and Costa Rica planned for 2007-2017

source: Tico Times