Trade negotiators from Central America and the European Union met on 3 February 2010 for an informal three-day meeting at which they agreed on a work plan for an association agreement in May. The seventh round of negotiations was held in Brussels on 22 and 26 February 2010 with Panama as an observer and officially announced its intention to participate in the negotiations. A month later, in Brussels, trade negotiators conducted a new round of technical talks. The negotiations concluded in May 2010 at the Latin America and European Union summit in Madrid, Spain. Central America and the European Union discussed how to move the agreement forward at the 16th meeting of the Joint Commission in Brussels on 8 February 2011. On 22 March 2011, Central America and the European Union signed the agreement following its legal review. On 25 October 2011, the European Commission reviewed and approved the agreement, completing the first stage of the signing process. In the next phase, the Council of the European Union will review the agreement and approve its signature. The European Commission reports annually on the implementation of its main trade agreements in the previous calendar year.
The opinion of European academics on the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACAC) of 11 February 2011 was published in 2 JIPITEC 65 (2011). This opinion, signed by more than 25 European law professors and scientists specialising in this field, answers the following question: while it is indisputable that the violation of intellectual property rights, particularly on the internet, undermines the legitimate interests of rights holders, the question of whether ACTA`s standards of application are balanced remains highly controversial in Europe and abroad. The European Commission`s Trade Directorate has just published a document containing detailed comments on the opinion. The comments, which are also available on the European Commission[trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/ html/147853.htm] website, are published here courtesy of the European Commission. Fact sheets, Vietnamese trade in your city, Texts of agreements, exporters The EU and Central American countries have reaffirmed their objective of concluding an association agreement including a free trade area, at the EU-Latin America Summit in Guadalajara, Mexico, in May 2004 and the EU-Central America Ministerial Meeting in Luxembourg in May 2005, where ministers welcomed the launch of a joint assessment of regional economic integration and the creation of a joint ad hoc working group in January 2005. The aim of concluding a comprehensive association agreement was reaffirmed at the EU-Central America summit in Vienna in May 2006. Negotiations on the Association Agreement began in Brussels on 28 June 2007. The first round took place from October 22 to 26, 2007 in San Jose, Costa Rica. On 25 and 29 February 2008, Central America and the EU concluded the second round of negotiations in Brussels, Belgium.