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Andean Community of Nations

Comunidad Andina de Naciones

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Comunidad Andina
image by Eugene Ipavec, 03 Aug 2005
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The Andean Community is mainly a trade bloc formerly called the Andean Group (Grupo Andino) which saw light after the Andean Pact (Pacto Andino) or more formally the Cartagena Agreement (Acuerdo de Cartagena) was signed in 1969, in Cartagena (Colombia). The CAN (for its current abbreviation in Spanish) is a subregional organization endowed with an international legal status, which is made up of

and the bodies and institutions comprising the Andean Integration System (AIS), which is a series of bodies and institutions that work closely in pursuing the same objectives: to intensify Andean subregional integration, promote its external projection, and reinforce the actions connected with the process. The CAN deals with the following issues:
  • Trade in Goods
  • Trade in Services
  • Customs Union
  • Circulation of Persons
  • Common Market
  • Common Foreign Policy
  • Border Development
  • Social Agenda
  • Sustainable Development
  • Economic Policies
Esteban Rivera, 02 Jul 2005 (updated)

On September 20, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of the current members of the CAN have issued a statement in New York recognizing the incorporation of Chile as full member, by Decisión 645. Chile was an original member but it withdrew in 1976, rejoining in 2006. Venezuela was also an original country but it withdrew in 2006, to join Mercosur on July 4 by signing an addherent country protocol in Caracas.
Esteban Rivera, 23 Sep 2006

About the flag

The flag of the Andean Community (Communidad Andina or CAN) is their logo, which looks like a pattern from indigenous Andean textiles, in gold on a white backround.
Richard Knipel, 13 Jul 2004

The flag of the Andean Community that appears in photos from their offical site has the logo roughly 1/3 hoist height.
Eugene Ipavec, 03 Aug 2005

I believe the adoption of their flag, as opposed to their logo, may be brand new, considering that I browsed through many older photos of meetings without it (but that did have the national flags), and that the one that did have it is dated July 12, 2004 (yesterday) for the inaugural session of the 15th Andean Presidential Council.
Richard Knipel, 13 Jul 2004

Legal protection of symbols

Common Regime on Industrial Property

Article 82.- Those signs may not be registered as marks that:
(j) reproduce or imitate the name, coat of arms, flag or other emblem, initials or designation or abbreviated designation of any State or any international organization that has been officially recognized, without the permission of the competent authority of the State or of the international organization concerned; in any event, such signs shall be registrable only where they constitute a subsidiary element in relation to the main distinctive sign;

quoted by Richard Knipel, 13 Jul 2004

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