On 19 April 2007 the EU and the Andean Community announced their intention to start negotiations for an association agreement to boost the partnership between the two regions. The association agreement will be a comprehensive agreement focusing on political, co-operation and trade matters. It will be negotiated on a ‘region-to-region’ basis in order to foster the regional integration process in the Andean Community. The Commission has also adopted an aid package aimed at promoting stability and sustainable development in the Andean Region. The package amounts to approximately EUR 713 million for the period 2007 to 2013. The negotiations are scheduled to start at the next EU-Andean Community Joint Committee which will be held in La Paz at the end of May 2007.