Regional Banana exports to receive preferential treatment

European negotiators of the Commercial Agreement of Association confirmed that banana exports from the region to Europe will receive preferential treatment.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Nicola Ardito, a member of the EU negotiating team, said in a statement to a group of Central American reporters that "there will be preferential treatment for banana. I don't know how what percentage, but yes we will be giving preferential treatment."
Brussels has used a "lot of energy" in the last few months to reach a negotiated agreement, an effort that failed in July when negotiations at the Doha Round for global free trade collapsed.

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