Huge differences in sugar negotiations

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.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Raquel Guerra reports in an article on Elfinancierocr.com that the chief European trade negotiator, Rupert Schlgelmilch, said that: "They (the Central American countries) want a lot, they want a lot more than what we are offering, however this is not something that will block the negotiations at this stage."

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EU has Flexible Position on Plastic

May 2009

The countries of the isthmus may import resins for plastic manufacture in the region for subsequent export.

The chief Costa Rican negotiator, Roberto Echandi, also reported that progress was made in some service areas.

Marvin Barquero, in his article in Nacion.com reported the chief negotiator’s statements: "They initially requested a lot of openness in courier and postal services.

EU will negotiate access for banana

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.

Fifth round of talks with EU to begin in October

September 2008

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

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.

Central America and the EU Advance in Association Agreement

March 2010

Negotiating teams closed chapters on health and food health measures in the Association Agreement between the two blocks.

The announcement was made by Roberto Echandi, Costa Rica’s chief negotiator, who explained they also closed the technical regulations chapter.

“Echandi explained that these chapters are very important for Central America’s agriculture industry, as they will put in place faster consultation mechanisms to resolve conflicts and doubts regarding the entrance of goods to Europe”, reported China.org.cn.

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