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EU-Latin America and Caribbean summit: Overview of European Commission Trade-related Assistance in Latin America

European Commission - MEMO/04/124   25/05/2004

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MEMO/04/124

Brussels, 25 May 2004

EU-Latin America and Caribbean summit: Overview of European Commission Trade-related Assistance in Latin America
I. Mexico and Chile

Trade-related assistance (TRA) for Mexico and Chile focuses on assistance to implement the Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) in place with the EU and to promote their competitiveness and export capabilities.

Project and programming year
EC contribution
Total
Mexico
Facilitation of EU-Mexico FTA (2003)
8 mio €
Integrated support programme for SMEs (2004)
12 mio €
20
Chile
Statistical co-operation (with Mercosur) (1999)
0,54 mio €
Operational Fund for Association Agreement (2003)
5 mio €
Support for creation and development of innovative companies (2004)
17,5 mio €
23

II. Mercosur, Andean Community and Central America

TRA for the sub-regional groups is mainly aimed at assisting the regional integration processes. To this end, TRA is provided at regional level and complemented by national TRA actions.

For Central America and the Andean Community, once the joint evaluation mechanism to assess regional integration is set up, we will fine-tune the specific priorities, in order to focus them on the evolving needs of the countries.

In the case of Mercosur, emphasis will continue to be placed on promoting regional integration and facilitating the implementation of the future EU-Mercosur FTA.

Central America (*)

Project name and programming year
EC contribution
Total
Regional
External tariff-customs (2001)
8 mio €
CA Integration support (institutions and civil society) (2003)
15 mio €
Regional Integration (project on common policies) (2004)
10 mio €
Nicaragua
Trade and development (2005)
5 mio €
El Salvador
Economic and employment support (2004)
10 mio €
Guatemala
Economic co-operation programme (2006)
10 mio €
Investment and trade exchange promotion (2001)
6 mio €
Honduras
National market information centre and trade promotion (1997)
0,78 mio €
64,78

ANDEAN COMMUNITY (*)

Project name and programming year
EC contribution
Total
Regional
Technical norms and quality
2,3 mio €
Granadua (customs integration)
1,9 mio €
Harmonisation competition law (2000/01)
2 mio €
Statistical co-operation (2002)
5 mio €
Study on trade relations EU-CAN (2000/01)
0,5 mio €
TRA regional integration (2003)
4 mio €
Peru
Economic development/strengthen the trade capacity and TRTA (2004)
8 mio €
Creation of an information system and agriculture (2005)
5 mio €
Ecuador
Economic co-operation-EXPOECUDOR (2003)
10 mio €
Bolivia
Trade development and investment promotion (2002)
6,3 mio €
45

MERCOSUR (*)

Project name and programming year
EC contribution
Total
Regional
Statistical co-operation (with Chile) (1999)
4,13 mio €
Support to Mercosur Secretariat and JPC (1998)
0,9 mio €
Customs co-operation (2001)
5,3 mio €
Normalisation SPS standards (2004)
6 mio €
Industrial normalisation (2004)
4mio €
Brazil
Technological Centres Networks and SMEs support (2003)
8 mio €
Economic reform (support to global integration of SMEs) (2004)
14 mio €
Argentina
Normalisation of industrial certification
0,4 mio €
Competitiveness and efficiency of the economy (2001)
6,2 mio €
Trade-Related Technical Assistance (TRTA)
5 mio €
Fund to assist the implementation of the future EU-Mercosur AA
5 mio €
Uruguay
Support to seeds sector (1998))
0,95 mio €
Technological dev. in key sectors of the economy (2003)
3 mio €
External trade dev. and investment promotion (2003)
5,4 mio €
68,28


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