CentralAmerika og EU
Nicaragua approves Association Accord with EU
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Nicaragua became the first Central American country to ratify the Association Accord (AdA) negotiated between the European Union and six Central American countries. The vote was 89 in favor, none against and no abstentions. Speaking from Brussels, Lautaro Sandino, Nicaragua’s ambassador to Belgium and the EU, explained that the accord is composed of three “pillars,” trade, political, and assistance, and it is the trade portion that will gain approval first. He said that “If things go very well, we can expect that in February or March, it will go into force.” All that is necessary is that two Central American legislatures and the European Parliament approve it. Sandino said he was hopeful that a vote on the trade portion would take place in the session of the EU parliament scheduled for the week of Dec. 13. An indication will come this week with a committee vote. For the other pillars of the accord to take effect, all Central American legislatures and the legislatures of each of the 27 member nations of the EU must vote their approval, a process that Sandino predicted could take years.

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Highlights of the trade pillar of the Association Agreement between Central America and the EU
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The Association Agreement between the EU and Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama) marks an important step forward in the relationship between the two regions. The Parties have finalised the legal review of the Association Agreement which includes a comprehensive trade part. Once ratified, this agreement will open up markets on both sides, help establish a stable business and investment environment, increase benefits for citizens and will foster sustainable development. The Agreement is also meant to reinforce regional economic integration in Central America and the EU hopes for it to have a positive spill-over effect on the overall political integration process and contribute to the stability of the region. In 2010, bilateral trade in goods between Central America and the European Union was worth €12 billion.

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El Acuerdo de Asociación entre la Unión Europea y Centroamérica
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El Acuerdo de Asociación entre la Unión Europea (UE) y Centroamérica (CA) que firmamos este 29 de junio, marca una nueva etapa en la relación birregional. Desde una visión comercial, la UE es el tercer socio más importante de CA, luego de los Estados Unidos y el comercio intrarregional. En 2011, la UE representó el 10 por ciento del flujo de comercio de CA y es también uno de los inversionistas más relevantes.

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11 danske organisationer: Bevar vor bistand til Latinamerika
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Fagforbundet 3F og 10 andre organisationer mener, det er en fejltagelse,, hvis Danmark ophører med at støtte Syd- og Mellemamerika. Der er meget at gøre for at fremme demokrati, fred og vækst, mener 3F. De 11 NGOer har derfor sendt en appel til Folketingets udenrigsudvalg om at fortsætte støtten til Syd- og Mellemamerika.

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Central American nations meet, sign agreement with EU
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Meeting in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the presidents of the Central American countries and Panama signed an Accord of Association (AdA) with the European Union on June 29 at a meeting of the Central American Integration System (SICA). The presidents emphasized the benefits that they expected from the lowering of trade barriers between the two regions. EU trade commissioner Karel de Gucht said, “The negotiation of this accord has taken much time and effort as well as resources, but this is not the end of the process.

 

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The EU and Central America signed an Association Agreement in June 2012
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For the last decade the EU's share in Central American trade has remained largely stable at around 10% (8.5% in 2009). Historically the bulk of most Central America countries trade is with the USA and Latin America, and it is only recently that the region has actively sought to increase its trade with Europe. EU imports from Central America are dominated by office and telecommunication equipment (53.9%) and agricultural products (34.8% in 2010). The most important exports from the EU to Central America are machinery and transport equipment (48.2%) and chemicals (12.3%).

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Friis Bach: Vi bliver i Latinamerika
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Regeringen lægger op til et opgør med tidligere udviklingsminister Søren Pinds (V) bistandspolitik.

 

VK-regeringen besluttede helt at udfase udviklingsbistanden til Bolivia i Sydamerika og Nicaragua i Centralamerika, men sådan går det ikke: Danmark vil fortsat give millioner af kroner til Latinamerika.

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Danmarks regionale samarbejde med Centralamerika
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Fra 2005 gennemfører Danmark to større bistandsprogrammer i Centralamerika – et for menneskerettigheder og demokrati, et andet med henblik på miljøforbedringer.

Programmerne retter fokus på henholdsvis demokrati/menneskerettigheder og miljø. Det kan forekomme at være to vidt forskellige områder. Det er det imidlertid ikke. Der er nøje sammenhæng mellem demokratiske forbedringer og muligheden for at gøre noget ved de store miljøproblemer. Sammen er de to områder valgt blandt mange indsatsmuligheder, fordi netop de forventes at give en effektiv støtte til en samlet udvikling og forbedret integration i regionen.

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