New Round CA – EU With Panama

A negotiation round for an association agreement between Central America and Europe starts this week, covering commercial aspects.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Pending topics include access for Central American agriculture products to Europe (banana and sugar) and sustainable development.

“In the latter, the EU wants to define productive and dignifying employment as one of the key aspects of globalization and international trade”, reported Prensalibre.com.

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Central America Projects Last Round with EU for July

April 2009

The countries of the isthmus have proposed finalizing the technical aspects of the agreement during this last round.

The current spokesperson for the countries of the region, Deputy Foreign Minister of Honduras, Patricia Licona, informed EFE that "mini rounds" will be held to address pending issues in the trade chapter.

Decisive Negotiation Round Between EU and CA

April 2010

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

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.

Negotiations Between EU and CA Continue

April 2010

Even after long sessions, the European Union and Central America have been unable to close the commercial chapter of their Association Agreement.

Central American countries are still demanding larger access quotas for products deemed ‘sensitive’ (sugar, products with high sugar concentration, meat and rice) and better tariffs for tropical fruits such as banana.

Pending Task For CA: Distribute the Quotas Negotiated With EU

May 2010

The region must now define how to distribute the import and export quotas negotiated with the European Union.

Central America obtained a regional sugar export quota of 162.000 metric tons, and a meat quota of 9.500 metric tons.

“Rice got a tariff-free quota of 20.000 metric tons”, reported Laprensalibre.co.cr.

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