Fifth round of talks with EU to begin in October

Five Central American countries will demand that the EU provide access for sugar, banana, ethanol, shrimp, and other products that are not yet included.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

On that date the dynamics of the negotiations will change; previously each block of countries presented an offer to open their markets to the other party. Now this has changed: each group will make their request for each item and then the other party will respond with their proposal.
On the European side, an aggressive attitude is expected as they fight for better tariff conditions for automobiles, pharmaceutical products and electronic components.

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Central America came with an offer giving access to the European market 84% for the exportable products and the demand to include products such as sugar, ethanol, shrimp, coffee, pineapple and banana.

During the fifth round of talks that started yesterday, they will begin the discussion of specific products that are considered sensitive by each of the parts.

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