Europe improves its offer on tariffs for Central America

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).

Friday, July 18, 2008

Eduardo Cálix, El Salvador's deputy foreign minister and Central America's current regional spokesman on political matters, said that recognition of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was no longer an issue. The European Union would allow time so that each country's legislature can officially recognize the ICC's authority, he added.

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Guatemala Could Push Back EU Agreement

April 2010

If the European Union does not make more flexible its postures, Guatemala would request Central America to push back the signature of the agreement.

Economy Minister Rubén Morales stated that if the country does not receive more benefits than the current Generalized Preference System (SGP-plus), Guatemala could recommend against signing the agreement.

Analysis of the V Round of the EU-CA Association Agreement

November 2008

The main result of the meeting held in Guatemala in October was the longed-for SGP+ for CA.

During the V Round of the Association Agreement between Central America (CA) and the European Union (EU) the biggest advancement regarding trade was the EU's offer of making 94% of the products tariff-free. In return, the Eu demanded a similar opening by CA.

Companies on the Isthmus demand that their interests be attended to by the EU

August 2008

Central American businessmen say that "there are still strategic interests in the region that have not been dealt with by European negotiators."

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.

Europe consolidates its preferential taxes for Central America

July 2008

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.

Johanna Hill, spokesperson for the Central Americans and chief negotiator for El Salvador, said Costa Rica, the country that sells the most to Europe, insists that current access is not reflected in the offer.

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