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EU Gray Listing and Avian Flu stand out in Costa Rica

This Tuesday’s inclusion of Costa Rica in this list comes after the vote by the EU’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council, made up of the finance ministers of the member countries of this regional bloc, and at the same time exposes Costa Rica to possible sanctions The government is trying to address the negative to mitigate effects.

The council considered that San José has breached its obligation to reform the tax system to tax extraterritorial passive income before December 31, 2022, and therefore allows individuals and entities not to pay income taxes here or in any other country to pay.

When asked about the consequences that inclusion on this gray list will have for Costa Rica, Finance Minister Nogui Acosta first mentioned that it could hurt EU investment and aid to the nation due to the reputational damage.

Acosta reminded that the EU prohibits channeling money from various funds through entities from gray-listed countries, including the European Fund for Sustainable Development and the European Fund for Strategic Investments.

To try and get out of that list in its next review, scheduled for October this year, Acosta announced that it would introduce a bill next March to meet the requirement requested by the EU.

On the other hand, the head of epidemiology for the National Animal Health Service (Senasa), Alexis Sandí, confirmed on Monday the slaughter of 130 free-range chickens in Costa Rica’s central Pacific after an outbreak of bird flu was detected.

“This case was dropped because the house where the event took place was depopulated, which means the birds were sacrificed,” Sandí said of the event, which took place in Parrita de Puntarenas, about 53 kilometers southwest of San José. happened.

Sandí took this opportunity to remind the population that meat, eggs or products of any kind do not pose a threat to birds and can be safely consumed.

Official Senasa data reflects the finding of eight positive cases; four in Limón and four in Puntarenas, with the focus on chickens being the only one where infestation has been recorded in domestic animal populations.

For its part, the Ministry of Health issued a guideline this Friday to prevent the spread of bird flu to humans.

The Director-General for Health of the aforementioned department, Melissa Ramírez, claimed that bird flu can affect humans and cause symptoms in the respiratory system and even complications such as pneumonia and gastrointestinal disorders such as vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain.