EU Suspends Meeting with Central America

EU countries have decided to temporarily suspend negotiations to reach an association agreement with Central America.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sources state that “The idea is to continue as soon as possible. All the other Central American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua) have been informed and they have agreed.

Univision.com published: “The European Commission (EC), which is the institution negotiating the agreement in the name of the EU, has recommended “to postpone” the negotiations. The talks have been suspended until next week based on the understanding that the negotiation process will continue, according to sources from the community.”

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Guatemala: Entry Into Force of EU Agreement in December

November 2013

The trade agreement between Guatemala and the European Union will enter into force provisionally on 1 December, authorities announced.

An article in Reuters reports that "Guatemalan exporters today welcomed the entry into force, on 1 December, of the trade pillar of the Association Agreement (AA) with the European Union (EU), a region with whom the country hopes to double product sales within five years."

El Salvador and the United Kingdom Reinforce Trade Relationship

July 2012

In order to increase trade between both countries, the UK Embassy in El Salvador will hold an event about importing goods from Britain.

The purpose of the meeting is to encourage British entrepreneurs to invest in the Salvadoran market, said Ambassador Linda Cross. She also added to the media that a group of British businessmen together with representatives of the Salvadoran Agency for Investment Promotion and Attraction (Proesa) and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of El Salvador are analyzing the implementation of a trade agreement to strengthen business relationships which will come about as a result of the new Association Agreement with the European Union.

EU Agreement to Include Honduras and Panama

January 2010

Benita Ferrero-Waldner, EU's Trade commissar, said she is pleased with the inclusion of Panama in the agreement.

The involved parties hope to sign the Agreement on May 18th, in Madrid, Spain.

"Marco Ruiz, Costa Rica Commerce Minister, said that 'we support the inclusion of Panama, they have been taking part in the meetings.

EU Has Trouble Reaching Agreements with Latin American Blocs

April 2009

The problematic attempts by the European Union to reach trade agreements with Mercosur and CAN are bad precedents.

The Association Agreement between Central America and Europe, interrupted in Honduras yesterday when the Nicaraguan negotiators left what was the seventh round of negotiations between the parties, adds itself as unfinished business to the others Europe is attempting to negotiate with the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR), comprised of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay and the Andean Community of Nations (CAN).

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