Negotiating teams for Central American prepare strategy
The teams are fine-tuning a regional strategy to pressure the EU to begin discussions on sensitive topics such as sugar, banana, and fruits.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Preparatory round 14 for the Association Agreement (AA) with the European Union (EU) began in Guatemala, with almost 100 negotiators in attendance to discuss market access, origin rules, technical obstacles to trade and intellectual property, among others.
Negotiators from both blocks announced they have reached an agreement on all items related to Telecommunications.
Rubén Morales, Guatemalan Economy Minister, said there was some progress in the market access topic, but refused to give details.
Central America is beginning the process of reviewing the final text of the agreement signed with the European Union last May.
Eighty-eighth percent has already been negotiated and the remaining 12% has the most difficult topics. The agreement is expected to be concluded in July.
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