EU-Central American trade talks enter fourth round

The European Union and the Central American nations today began their fourth round of negotiations aimed at reaching an agreement of association and free trade in 2009.

Monday, July 14, 2008

The EU and Central America have had an association agreement since 2003, but over the past year they have started talks aimed at deepening the relationship and setting up a free trade accord.
As is so often the case with EU trade negotiations, agricultural tariffs will be the central theme. Central America is unhappy with the UE proposal to leave in place customs duties on important exports like coffee and bananas and other agricultural products.

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