Companies on the Isthmus demand that their interests be attended to by the EU
Central American businessmen say that "there are still strategic interests in the region that have not been dealt with by European negotiators."
Friday, August 22, 2008
On day four of the XIV Central America planning session for the Association Agreement with Europe, Julio Aguilar, negotiator for the International Commercial Negotiations Business Center (Cencit), said that while Central America continues to broaden its offer to their European counterparts, not at more that 80% of the products on the tariff list, Europe has still not guaranteed the whether all the benefits derived from the General Preference System Plus (SGP Plus) will be maintained.
If the European Union does not make more flexible its postures, Guatemala would request Central America to push back the signature of the agreement.
The European Union is not willing to include already existing benefits in the Association Agreement with Central America.
Starting on July 1st, Panama will once again enjoy preferential tariff access to the European market, after losing this benefit on 2008, for failing to renew it on time.
In negotiations on an association agreement with Central America, the European Union has improved its offer by proposing to increase the number of products that will enter Europe under the enhanced Generalized System of Preferences (GSP Plus).
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