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.
The European Union is not willing to include already existing benefits in the Association Agreement with Central America.
If the European Union does not make more flexible its postures, Guatemala would request Central America to push back the signature of the agreement.
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).
At Tuesday's opening of the fourth round of Central America-Europe trade talks in Brussels, Europe granted preferential treatment to a list of Central American products and consolidated 99 percent of its offer.
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