An arsenal of weapons was seized from a tapestry – The Week Between Two Rivers

The Investigations Division personnel carried out a procedure in a house near the New Concordia Cemetery. There, they seized firearms, cartridges and detained one person.

At noon on Thursday, personnel from the Investigations Division in relation to a case pending in the Fiscal Unit under the charge of Dr. Rivoira Julia filed an Order issued by the Court of Guarantees No. 1, under the charge of Dr. Mauttone Darío, raiding a house in the vicinity of Balcarce and Feliciano streets, where the owner was notified, giving the procedure a positive result;

There they seized 1 pistol Caliber 9 mm, brand FM Browning, 1 a revolver cal. .22 Pucara brand, 10 cells with full load, 1 stir lime. 32 Gacela brand, with six cells with a full load and a large amount of cartridges.

The Prosecutor in turn ordered the apprehension of the male notified of the crime of Illegal Possession of a weapon of war and subsequent transfer to the warden section where he will remain lodged at the disposal of the justice.


Virtual Macorrueda opens space for 78 Atlantic companies

With the participation of 78 companies from different sectors of the Atlantic began the virtual macro-wheel of Las Américas that seeks to promote commercial exchange between national and international exporters and buyers.

The department’s representation is in 15 companies in the agri-food sector; 16 from industries 4.0; 21 from the metalworking sector; 12 from chemistry and life sciences and 14 from the fashion system.

The conference organized by ProColombia and which runs until November 13, was installed by the president Ivan Duque who assured that this strategy is part of the economic reactivation plan.

He stressed that “Colombia is on the radar of investors because this is a country that believes in institutions,” added that the two major challenges facing the country in terms of international trade are enteringl Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) and ratify the FTA with the United Kingdom, after Brexit.

“Macro wheels are and must continue to be a great tool,” added the president.

For her part, the president of ProColombia stressed that in the macorrueda 500 companies from 38 countries and more than 1,200 Colombian exporters participate. The three invited countries are the United Kingdom, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

Buying companies include Walmart from the United States, which is looking for fashion and agri-food; and Kent Foods Limited of the United Kingdom, one of the largest independent distributors of ingredients for the food industry.

Of Latin America stand out Ferremundo, the main Ecuadorian company that imports and distributes hardware products; and Peruvian Supermarkets.


Boris Johnson seeks alternative trade routes to prosper after Brexit

Perhaps Boris Johnson’s subconscious has been left on the puzzle maps of his childhood; when the pink color of the British Empire dominated the world map. The empire has disappeared, however, the puzzles still remain in some families. Or perhaps it is pure chance that Prime Minister quotes Australia and Canada ad nauseam, and even to the Commonwealth, such as the commercial alternatives to the United Kingdom as of January 1, 2021. London and Brussels have entered the final stretch of the negotiations for the free trade agreement with the European Union since the period of The transition to reach it ends on December 31 and needs time for ratification.

The United Kingdom left the EU on January 31. The chief European negotiator, Michel barnier, arrived in London on Thursday to run the final stretch. This time they have not set a deadline to reach the goal. The last expiration that was marked (October 15), like the numerous previous ones, were not fulfilled, so better exit from the tight schedule. Boris Johnson has warned the British to prepare for a hard or no-deal Brexit despite the British door being “ajar” to receive Barnier. For Johnson, who has reiterated being ready to walk away or leave the table without an agreement, it will not be the end of the world because, in his view, the United Kingdom “will prosper strongly as a free and independent nation”. This is what he has preached to the BBC.

“Our country will flourish with an Australian-type deal,” he says and repeats as a euphemism for hard or no-deal Brexit. If London and Brussels do not reach a trade agreement, the United Kingdom, as one of the 164 members of the World Trade Organization (WTO in English), automatically goes on to trade with other countries with the WTO rules, which are basically two: tariffs. to imports and limits to the quantity of exports. The Australian option is the operation of any two WTO members without agreement between them. Even the Secretary of State for Business, Alok Sharma, has recognized that the difference between the hard Brexit and the Australian type agreement, “is after all a question of semantics”. Or from the subconscious of the prime minister himself, who is the one who spreads it the most. The Australian option is the non-agreement between two or a minimum pact through the WTO whereby each country or bloc presents to the organization a list of tariffs and one of product quotas. An option that the British economic sector dislikes.

The other alternative exhibited by the conservative Boris Johnson for a trade pact between the United Kingdom and the EU is of the Canada type, in the style of the one that this former British colony has and the EU. The Canada option does not excite the employers or the City (financial sector) either because it has been in negotiation for more than ten years and has not yet been fully applied. The so-called Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the EU reduces reciprocal tariffs by 98%, allows EU companies to bid on public projects in Canada, recognizes professional qualifications and harmonizes labor rights and environmental conditions among other things. CETA is an example of the complexity and delay required by a free trade agreement between countries or dynamic economies such as Canada and those of the European bloc.

Although London and Brussels have been blaming each other for a week for the halt in negotiations, Michel Barnier told the European Parliament on Wednesday: “I think we can reach an agreement.” On Thursday he arrived in London wanting to gain ground; meets with his British counterpart, David Frost, on a daily basis, including Saturday and Sunday. The possible agreement includes from framework or generic aspects such as state subsidies, labor rights and environmental regulations to avoid unfair or unequal competition between companies from the United Kingdom and the EU (subject known as level playing field) to particularities such as restrictions on the sale of naphthalene to scare away the clothes moth or the degree of purity of absinthe by hallucinogenic drink. Banking and / or telephone rates, the approval of medicines or security issues are other issues still to be resolved.

Fishing has become a stumbling block during long negotiations. The British team is demanding unrestricted access to the European market to sell its fish while Brussels is demanding unrestricted access for its vessels to British waters. London rejects this request on the grounds that its waters belong to a country independent of the EU. Fishing, and the distribution of fish and boat quotas, has been the subject of contention in the past; it emerged again, on the part of the Brexiters, in the referendum on the permanence or exit of the EU as a symbol of European dominance over British sovereignty. Within the colonial remains of the pink-painted map, the border between the island of Ireland (north and / or south) and the United Kingdom continues as an obstacle to drawing the new border between the United Kingdom and the EU.

Figures from the Ministry of Economy on the trade balance for 2019 indicate that 43% of UK exports were destined for the European Union while 51% of EU imports came from the UK. The British economic sector works and moves on these figures, oblivious to imperial pasts that no longer exist, but they have returned in Boris Johnson’s speech as a commercial alternative to the EU. Only covid-19 has displaced Brexit among the premier’s priorities, his work schedule and his mind in which the puzzle he played as a child is engraved.


Huitema (Acea): “A Brexit without an agreement would be devastating for the automotive industry” | Companies

The Association of European Automobile Manufacturers (Acea) represents the 16 largest vehicle manufacturers in Europe and in Five days We have spoken with its CEO, Eric-Mark Huitema, in order to address the consequences of the crisis generated by Covid-19 for the sector and what is the horizon that awaits him in the short-medium term.

Huitema joined the employer in September last year from IBM, where he was responsible for Global Intelligent Transportation. He has also worked in the Information Technology sector, in companies such as the startup Chello Benelux, of which he was co-founder, EDS International and at Philips Electronics.

The Dutch manager considers that the effect that the coronavirus pandemic has had on society and the world economy “is unprecedented.” “It is likely to last longer than the financial crisis of 2008-2009. In fact, all the markets of the European Union (EU) are in recession this year and GDP will contract by 8.1% this year. Unemployment in the EU is expected to rise to 9% this year. This has serious consequences for the automotive industry ”, he asserts.

Most manufacturers, as well as suppliers, dealers and repair shops, had to close 30 days on average in Europe due to the coronavirus. According to Acea, this caused a production loss of 3.6 million vehicles in the first half of the year, or around 20% of the total manufacturing of 2019.

25% drop in sales

For their part, car sales in the EU have plummeted 28.8% between January and September compared to the same period last year, to seven million units. In this context, the employer’s association has “radically” revised its enrollment forecast for 2020. It expects a 25% drop compared to 2019, which will mean the “steepest drop ever experienced by the sector,” says Huitema. “The outlook is similar on a global scale, and demand is expected to drop by 21%,” he says. In addition, he warns that “there is a risk of a second devastating economic blow just around the corner in the form of no-deal Brexit.”

In his opinion, this scenario would lead to trade losses between the EU and the United Kingdom amounting to 110,000 million euros until 2025, in addition to another 100,000 million in value of lower production due to the health crisis. The European automotive sector will lose around 100,000 jobs in 2021 due to the coronavirus, according to the forecasts of the European Association of Automobile Suppliers (Clepa).

7% of the continent’s GDP

The automobile sector generates a business volume that accounts for 7% of the continent’s GDP and employs almost 14 million people directly and indirectly, which represents 6.1% of total employment. Only 2.6 million people work in the production chain.

In addition, around 19 million passenger cars, commercial vehicles and trucks leave the assembly plants of the ‘Old Continent’ each year, 20% of world manufacturing, according to data from Acea and the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers ( OICA).

Global vehicle demand is expected to decline 21% this year compared to 2019

Another threat to the engine is the “ambitious” climate targets of the European Commission (EC): reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) levels by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990.

“The automotive industry fully supports the EU’s long-term goal of climate neutrality by 2050 and wants to play its role in making Europe the first climate-neutral continent. However, the ambitious objectives set out in the EC proposal will require massive additional investments from the sector, at the same time that it has been shaken by the coronavirus crisis, ”Huitema warns.

The manager summarizes that Covid-19 has added “enormous additional pressures” on the car when it goes through “fundamental technological changes, as well as geopolitical challenges.” The automotive industry is undergoing a major transformation that is encompassed under the acronym CASE (Connectivity, Autonomous, Mobility Services and Electrification).

Help plans

The ACEA secretary general believes that there should be a “strong focus” on increasing the adoption of the latest vehicle technologies, both electrified and more modern combustion, under government aid plans.

“We are disappointed to see that several of the renovation plans focus exclusively on electric vehicles, which represent a small, although growing, share of the total market,” laments the Dutchman.

In this sense, it is committed to a “strong boost” to the market in conjunction with sales of models that comply with the latest standards (Euro 6d Temp) in order to progressively reduce CO2 levels. In addition, it demands that heavy vehicles be included in the incentive plans. In Spain, Plan Renove 2020 is endowed with 250 million euros, of which 230 will be used to change the fleet of cars (200 million), commercial vehicles (25 million) and motorcycles (5 million), while the acquisition of industrial vehicles and buses it will be promoted with 20 million.

“If we want to see the definitive leap forward in electric cars, a dense network of recharging points across the EU is needed, along with sustainable financial aid (over time), so that zero-emission mobility can become a accessible and affordable option for all Europeans. We will need an unprecedented regulatory change to ensure that all factors are ensured, ”Huitema points out.

In this sense, it states that 2.8 million recharging points are needed in Europe to meet the CO2 targets imposed by the EC. In Spain, the Executive aims to reach a mobile fleet with 250,000 electricity by 2023 and achieve five million units by 2030. To do this, it ensures that more than 100,000 charging points will be deployed. The country currently has 7,879 public charging points, according to Anfac.


London and Brussels must find a way out that helps the recovery | Opinion

The EU heads of government yesterday supported the extension of the round of talks that Brussels has with London in order to regulate trade relations between both parties before the end of the year, the date on which Brexit enters fully into force. Despite the Council’s pleasure and the determined European will to do everything possible to close a friendly exit of the United Kingdom from the EU, it seems increasingly difficult to achieve that goal. The Council itself yesterday urged the Commission to design possible unilateral contingency measures of a limited duration if Brexit finally ends without an agreement, and there are already several voices that consider the negative outcome of the negotiations as probable. Both the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the Italian President, Giuseppe Conte, have warned that the pact with London cannot be reached at any price, while French President Emmanuel Macron openly acknowledged the possibility that the divorce could take place at the bravas.

The EU guidelines for the negotiation have correct and clearly marked red lines: those established in the withdrawal agreement and in the protocols signed by London and Brussels, which remain fully in force and must be respected. The unusual decision of the British Government to promote a law that breaks with some points of the agreement, mainly those related to commercial activity on the border with Northern Ireland, has become a bone of contention with enough potential to burst the long negotiating path traveled so far in London and Brussels.

Europe must stand firm in defending an agreement that has been widely discussed and negotiated with the United Kingdom and that contains the roadmap on which the commercial relationship between the EU and the British must be built. However, and without departing from that framework, which is fully legitimate, Brussels must also do everything possible to avoid a rupture that could seriously damage the European economy, mired in a crisis of historic dimensions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Both the EU and the United Kingdom are enduring the scourge of an unprecedented recession not only because of its intensity, but also because of the extraordinary uncertainty it has sown in all European economies. Faced with a scenario like this, it is necessary more never to call for responsibility and cooperation to design trade rules of the game that will help the recovery of the whole of Europe instead of hindering it.


Days of preparation for the end of the transitional period: effects on trade

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Celebration dates:

From 10/15/20, 10:00 a.m. to 10/26/20, 11:30 a.m.

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The conference will take place on October 15, 22 and 26, all at 10:00 a.m. (UTC + 2), and their objective is to know the impact of BREXIT once the transitional period established under the Withdrawal Agreement that establishes an orderly exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU) ends.

The 3 planned webinars are the following:

In order to register, follow the link for each webinar.

After a few days, after the webinar is held, you will be able to access the recording and its contents in our service of Aula Virtual ICEX.

The activity is aimed exclusively at Spanish companies interested in the internationalization of their products and services.

Organizing Entity:

Name: ICEX Spain Export and Investments

Postal code: 28046

Town: Madrid

Province: Madrid

Country Spain

Contact phone: (+34) 913 497 100

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