EU expects greater commercial access in Central America

Central America's commercial offer covers 85.3% of the products, but the European Union wants it to be 90%.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Central America's commercial offer covers 85.3% of the products, but the European Union wants it to be 90%.
"This offer has improved a lot, but it is not at the World Trade Organization (WTO) level; it is almost there, but it is lacking a few percentages," said Rupert Schlegelmilch, EU negotiator for the commercial agreement.
Schlegelmilch said that they want more products on the table. "We would like it to be a little more in order to initiate discussion on (market) access," the official representing the 27 block of countries said.

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January 2009

It will be difficult for Central America to reach an agreement with the European Union to accept the entrance of the amount of sugar the negotiators want into its territories.

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It is expected that the EU will present its offer for sugar in two days, within the framework of the VI Round of negotiations being held in Brussels.

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October 2008

The European Union is willing to negotiate better access for Central American banana within the framework of the bi-regional agreement of association.

The chief European negotiator, Rupert Schlgemilch, said to EF that the solution for banana is not only in Geneva, since this negotiation is about a preferential agreement, he cannot imaging the possibility of excluding banana and leaving it to be resolved by the WTO.

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