• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Arias, Borrell Promise More Than a Trade Pact

August 18, 2006

Josep Borrell, president of the European Union Parliament, and Costa Rican President Oscar Arias each had the same thing to say yesterday: an association agreement between Central America and the European Union will be “not just a freetrade agreement.”

Borrell appeared at Casa Presidencial yesterday along with Foreign Minister Bruno Stagno as part of the European politician’s tour of Central America that stopped in Costa Rica this week.

Europe and Central America will begin negotiations next year to reach an association agreement to establish trade benefits and political cooperation between the two regions.

“We share the same objective … of the defense of peace,” Borrell said. Borrell said he hopes the regions can integrate their Customs systems and promised that negotiations between the two regions would bring forth a solution to the banana tariff problem that has chafed relations between Latin America and the European Union.

Costa Rica and other Latin American countries have fought to keep the European Union from imposing higher tariffs on bananas imported from Latin America. The European Union imposed the tariffs this year.

 

You may be interested

Costa Rica ending week with increase in coronavirus hospitalizations
Costa Rica
6259 views
Costa Rica
6259 views

Costa Rica ending week with increase in coronavirus hospitalizations

Alejandro Zúñiga - November 28, 2020

Costa Rica suffered 28 new coronavirus-related deaths between Wednesday and Friday for a total of 1,690, according to official data…

¡Viva siempre la paz! Costa Rica celebrates army abolition with holiday weekend
Costa Rica
13 views
Costa Rica
13 views

¡Viva siempre la paz! Costa Rica celebrates army abolition with holiday weekend

Alejandro Zúñiga - November 27, 2020

Costa Ricans will enjoy a long weekend to end November as the country celebrates a national holiday in commemoration of…

PAHO urges countries not to require coronavirus tests from travelers
Latin America
1541 views
Latin America
1541 views

PAHO urges countries not to require coronavirus tests from travelers

AFP - November 27, 2020

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) urged countries not to require coronavirus tests from travelers, saying they give a "false…