Panama Serves as Venue for the Commerce Ministers of C.A. Meeting

From the 11th to the 13th of February, advancement will be pursued regarding the integration of customs and the duties for bananas and sugar, issues still pending in the negotiations with the EU.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

©image: publishes in its website: "The Vice President and Panamanian Chancellor, Samuel Lewis Navarre, declared that there still is not a concrete date scheduled for the next round that Central America and the EU will coordinate in an attempt to achieve progress in negotiations and to conclude the talks next May, as they have had anticipated."

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EU banana proposal does not suit the region

January 2009

The tariff reduction proposal presented by the EU within the framework of the negotiations for the Agreement of Association does not satisfy Central American reports: "The Costa Rican Minister of Foreign Trade, Marco Vinicio Ruiz, did not provide details on the European proposal as they are still in negotiations and the Isthmus has to respond this week.

EU-CA Negotiations Resume in Guatemala

May 2010

Next Thursday, Central America and Europe will resume their unfinished negotiations for an Association Agreement between them.

Talks will last for two days, with negotiators trying to solve the differences both blocks have regarding how much tariffs to remove and how to do it on several sensible products.

Negotiations Between EU and CA Continue

April 2010

Even after long sessions, the European Union and Central America have been unable to close the commercial chapter of their Association Agreement.

Central American countries are still demanding larger access quotas for products deemed ‘sensitive’ (sugar, products with high sugar concentration, meat and rice) and better tariffs for tropical fruits such as banana.

VI Round of Negotiations with EU in final phase

January 2009

The negotiations are entering the final phase after yesterday's presentation of the sugar and banana offer by the EU. reports: "This has do with a quota which did not surpass, nor meet, the aspirations of Central America.

Ocampo highlighted, however, that with yesterday's presentation of the sugar offer and the banana offer on Monday, almost all of the Isthmus' interests have been put on the table."

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