Europe and Central American to hold low-level negotiations in Honduras

Central America and the EU will hold a round of negotiations in March to "expedite and energize" the agreement of association.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Nicolas Bulte, EU chief for economic policy and the press for Central America, in an article by proceso.hn "...explained that in this round, which will be held by request of Central America, both blocks will jointly define which of the 12 subtopics have had the slowest progress up to now."

The official also acknowledged the sensitivity of the banana and sugar topics regarding access to the European market.

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EU and Central America Resume Negotiations

February 2010

The European Commission informed in a press release that they plan to resume the negotiation process on February 22.

Honduras will participate fully and Panama will take part as an observer.

“EU wants a ‘comprehensive association agreement’ with the region, which includes political dialogue in Human Rights, climate change and development cooperation, plus a free trade agreement”, reported Nacion.com.

EU Requests to Resume Negotiations with C.A.

December 2009

The European Union has requested Central America to resume negotiations for an Association Agreement.

While gathering at Brussels, EU's foreign relationships ministers remarked the council's intention of concluding the negotiation process for an association agreement with Central America.

Regional Banana exports to receive preferential treatment

September 2008

European negotiators of the Commercial Agreement of Association confirmed that banana exports from the region to Europe will receive preferential treatment.

Nicola Ardito, a member of the EU negotiating team, said in a statement to a group of Central American reporters that "there will be preferential treatment for banana. I don't know how what percentage, but yes we will be giving preferential treatment."

Europe prepared to bring bananas to table in talks with Central America

June 2008

The European Union is prepared to discuss the possibility of banana imports as part of the agenda for talks on an association with Central America.

Bananas is one of the touchiest subject in negotiations toward an agreement on free trade, cooperation and political dialogue. The talks are due to conclude next year.

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