Euracen is the Chamber of Commerce between Europe and Central America and provides a platform for all kind of economic and social interactions between the two regions. It is a non-profit driven association and accredited member of the BLCCA, guided by an elected Administration Board composed of dedicated volunteers.
Members can participate in formal and informal meetings, networking events, exhibitions or official events in which the focus is on Central America region countries. Members can be companies or individuals who seek an interest in the Central American region. They come from different business sectors such as transport, agro-food cultivation, energy, industries, dredging or financial services for both the public and private sector. Euracen also welcomes individual sympathizers who show interest in what the Chamber does.
It is Euracen's task to facilitate the access to each territory, to advise the right man in the right place, to support new projects and to encourage new commercial and economic cooperation on both sides of the Ocean. In other words, if the Central American Region is of interest to you, whether you intend to buy or sell, to import or export, to invest or find out, to go on vacation or retire, the Euracen Chamber of Commerce is the right platform to start from.
Benacen, which was founded in 1990, was renamed Belacen before it became Euracen in 2010 when it added the responsibility of the relations between the EU and the Central American countries to its Belgian portfolio. At a time when Brussels, as the Capital of Europe, started playing an increasingly more important role in a difficult global context, Euracen had to widen its view on Europe too. Therefore, in a rapidly changing world, Euracen wanted to expand its objectives and strengthen the professional relationships with the eight Central American countries.
Euracen frequently and formally receives the visit of political high level visitors from the eight Central American countries (see 'the region'). On occasion, in cooperation with the Embassy concerned, it will organize specific meetings to allow these visitors to interact and exchange ideas with economic and social Belgian and European authorities. Euracen actively facilitated the negotiations that led up to the signing of the EU-Central America Association Agreement. Finally, as in the past, Euracen looks forward to organizing or co-organizing specific trade missions to Central America member states.
Euracen especially to promote first region-to-region Association Agreement ever
In summer 2013, the EU and Central America signed an Association Agreement, which was the first of its kind concluded between regions. It has since often been referred to as "one of the most successful examples of EU relations with any sub-region in the world"
. The EU has now also established a region-to-region delegation in Managua, Nicaragua. There are good reasons to believe that the EU has a growing economic interest in the region depending on the speed with which Central America further installs a true customs union, a shared common market, harmonizes more economic standards and norms and improves its general business and investment climate.