C.A. Readies Next U.E. Round

In the upcoming meeting, the most urgent topics will be reviewed and tentative dates will be set for restarting U.E. negotiations.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

This meeting will be held from August 19 to 20, in San José, Costa Rica.

Rubén Morales, Guatemala's Economy Minister was quoted in newspaper Prensa Libre as saying: "... this encounter is a tactical meeting, to establish negotiating strategies ... there won't be representatives from Honduras".

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Urgent Ratification of Agreement with European Union

March 2013

The Federation of Chambers and Associations of Exporters of Central America is calling for the Congresses of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama to quickly ratify the Association Agreement with the EU.

From a press release issued by the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (AGEXPORT):

Central America Will Study EU Agreement

July 2009

Next week in Costa Rica, the countries of the region will define their negotiation strategy with the European Union.

The meeting will take place at the Central American Integration Secretary, known in Spanish as Sieca.

"Ministers will define if the region continues negotiations without Honduras.

EU and CA Close Sustainable Development Chapter

April 2010

Central America won’t face commercial sanctions for failing to comply with environmental or labor regulations.

Additionally, the chapter forbids countries from reducing labor or environmental standards in order to attract investment.

Roberto Echandi, head of the Costa Rican delegation, commented that “…this chapter is one of the most important breakthroughs achieved so far at the VIII negotiation round”.

Central America to make new offer to the EU

December 2008

The countries of Central America already made an offer of 90% of the tariff items that they will allow the European Union.

According to the Guatemalan vice minister of Foreign Trade, Ruben Morales, the negotiating teams from the region agreed to the 90% of the items as required by the EU at a private meeting that was held for one week in Guatemala.

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