Decisive Negotiation Round Between EU and CA

Central American negotiators expect Europe to improve its offer for sugar, coffee, banana, meat and rum.

Monday, April 19, 2010

This week’s negotiations are key for the Central American region, as the fate of the so called ‘sensitive products’ will be defined.

The negotiation will begin with considerable differences in what each side has conceded so far. Central America has allowed immediate access for 3.116 tariff lines, 47.49% of the total, plus gradually removing tariffs on 3.445 lines. Europe offered immediate access to 8.845 lines, 90.94% of the total, plus gradually removing tariffs on 880 additional lines.

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EU Increases Offer for Sugar

June 2009

The new offer increases the quota for sugar from Central America that can enter the European Union without tariffs to 100,000 tons.

According to La Prensa Gráfica, the president of the Sugar Association of El Salvador, Armando Arias, indicated that "the Minister of the Economy said publicly that he knew–off the record-that the EU might offer up to 100,000 tons to Central America.”

Isthmus asks Europe for preferential treatment for organic products

December 2008

Central America asked the EU to offer preferential treatment for market access for organic products in the agreement of association.

The request, presented this week in Brussels, is for Central American goods created with these characteristics to have preferential tariffs in comparison to traditional goods.

Central America may offer Europe 80 percent market opening

July 2008

Trade representatives of Central American nations are meeting in El Salvador this week to discuss a proposal to offer an 80 percent opening of their markets to the European Union.

The proposal, which would leave 20 percent of the region's products as a margin for negotiation, will be the second sent to the Europeans within talks on an association agreement.

European trade offer to be analyzed in July

June 2008

Central America hopes to achieve a new exchange of offers of access to the markets of the European Union in the second week of July.

The meeting will be held just before the third round of negotiations on a trade association between the two regions.
The Central American negotiating team will hold a coordination meeting in the first week of July, in preparation for its meeting in Brussels that starts on July 14.

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