Negotiating teams for Central American prepare strategy

The teams are fine-tuning a regional strategy to pressure the EU to begin discussions on sensitive topics such as sugar, banana, and fruits.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Preparatory round 14 for the Association Agreement (AA) with the European Union (EU) began in Guatemala, with almost 100 negotiators in attendance to discuss market access, origin rules, technical obstacles to trade and intellectual property, among others.
"We are specifically trying to make progress concerning rules of origin for industrial products and access to tropical goods that are of interest to us," indicated Rubén Morales, Guatemalan Vice-Minister of Foreign Trade.

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Final Proofreading of Agreement with EU

August 2010

Central America is beginning the process of reviewing the final text of the agreement signed with the European Union last May.

The Trade Policy director of El Salvador's Economy Ministry, Carlos Moreno, commented that, "working groups will meet to discuss access, rules of origin and legal details in order to be able to start the process of reaching a final document for the Association Agreement with the EU," reports

EU and CA Close Telecommunications Chapter

April 2010

Negotiators from both blocks announced they have reached an agreement on all items related to Telecommunications.

The announcement was made by Rubén Morales, Guatemalan Economy Minister. He added that this chapter introduces safeguards for companies to participate in the Central American telecom market.

Slight Progress in EU Negotiation

April 2010

Rubén Morales, Guatemalan Economy Minister, said there was some progress in the market access topic, but refused to give details.

The head of the Costa Rican delegation, Roberto Echandi, also reported advances in rules of origin.

“The EU has been more receptive”, he said, adding they closed two chapters on commercial defense and some aspects related to sanitary and phitosanitary measures.

Agreement with Europe: Most Difficult Still to Come

May 2009

Eighty-eighth percent has already been negotiated and the remaining 12% has the most difficult topics. The agreement is expected to be concluded in July.

An article in examined the state of negotiations, what is done and what is yet to be done in each area left to be negotiated in the Association Agreement between Central America and Europe:

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