Montecara–Euclean Community relations

Montecara–Euclean Community relations
Map indicating locations of Euclean Community and Montecara

Euclean Community

Montecara

Montecara is not a member of the Euclean Community, but it does have extensive relations with both the Community and its member states.

Movement of goods and people

Montecara and the EC have been in a customs union since 1 January 2001. Goods can move between the EC and Montecara tariff-free, though they are still subject to inspection for health and safety reasons.

The EC is Montecara's largest trading partner by a wide margin, and Florena is its largest individual state trading partner. Montecara relies almost entirely on the EC for its supplies of such staples as food and chemicals. The EC is the destination of the vast majority of Montecara's exports, especially precision tools, luxury goods, medical instruments, and pharmaceuticals.

EC citizens are allowed to enter Montecara without a passport; a national identity card that states citizenship is sufficient. The EC and Montecara have a mutual visa-waiver policy that allows citizens of either entity to spend up to 180 days in any 365-day period in the other visa-free for personal or business reasons. Visas are still required to work or study.

Defense

Montecara is a member of the Euclean Common Defense Treaty Organization (ECDTO), which it joined at the organization's founding in 1948. It cooperates in ECDTO planning and exercises and allows member states' navies to make regular port calls at its harbor.

Proposed membership

Ratification of EC Membership Agreement, 1996
To ratify the agreement negotiated by the State of Montecara and the Euclean Community with the aim of securing membership in the Community
DateJune 28, 1996 (1996-06-28)
Results
Votes %
Yes 260,986 39.88%
No 393,386 60.12%
Valid votes 654,372 98.79%
Invalid or blank votes 8,028 1.21%
Total votes 662,400 100.00%
Eligible to vote/turnout 753,910 87.86%

Montecara's last serious attempt to join the EC was made in 1996, when the Colegio and Senate both approved the necessary treaties of accession. When they came to a vote by the Popular Assembly, however, they were defeated by a margin of over 60%.

In the lead-up to the Popular Assembly vote, major trade unions came out strongly against the proposal, arguing that membership in the Community would undermine worker protections and allow an influx of cheap foreign labor into the country. Small entrepreneurs and craftsmen also feared increased competition from abroad, and renters reported concerns about increased housing costs and fewer available units in consequence of mass migration.

The financial sector, on the other hand, was strongly pro-membership, and executives of several prominent banking institutions made public statements to the effect that Montecara would stand to gain far more than it would lose by having essentially unrestricted access to a vast capital market. Many political liberals also supported membership on the basis of heightened international cooperation and the progress of the pan-Euclean project. Students and young people also generally supported membership for several reasons, including the increased ability to live, work, and study abroad.

Public opinion

See also