Nine years have passed to reach this point. The process included negotiations and the solution of at least 12 aspects considered as “irritating” or that generated concern among the Europeans. Among them are the formula for calculating the tax on individual consumption (ICE) for spirits, car quotas, reinsurance, pharmaceuticals, and other products. These, according to Minister of Foreign Trade Juan Carlos Cassinelli, were resolved. Through an email, the head of the Commercial and Economic Section of the EU for Ecuador and Colombia, Christian Saurenbach, highlighted yesterday the progress in the adjustment for the calculation of the ICE for spirits. The process to recognize the technical standards of the block will facilitate the export of European products such as cars and cosmetics.