Central America awaits new offer from Europe

The Central American negotiating team, which met in El Salvador this week, repeated that it will not change its position at least until Europe changes its offer.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Rubén Morales, Vice-minister of the Economy for Guatemala, didn't discount the possibility that the pot would be sweetened on both sides of the table, but he said Central America will not make more concessions until Europe does the same.
In the third round of negotiations that took place a few months ago in El Salvador, both groups left the table in a sour mood because of the "poverty" of trade terms that were offered.

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The Isthmus prepares a new offensive for next round of talks with EU

August 2008

Central America will preparing a "commercial offense" next week, prior to the fifth round of negotiations with the European Union.

The meeting that will be held next week in Guatemala will seek to improve its bid and prevent the Agreement of Association from stalling.
The negotiating teams will present a report of the last meeting with Europe and will evaluate the changes to the region's main offer, said Ruben Morales, Vice-Minister of the Economy of Guatemala.

UE Agreement Postponed Until September

July 2009

Commerce authorities from El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica decided to resume negotiations in September.

Guatemala's Economic Minister, Rubén Morales, informed that if the Honduran political crisis is not resolved by September, they will consider resuming negotiations without the country, and letting Honduras rejoin later.

Negotiating teams for Central American prepare strategy

August 2008

The teams are fine-tuning a regional strategy to pressure the EU to begin discussions on sensitive topics such as sugar, banana, and fruits.

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.

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.

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