Central America Fractures Before EU

Some countries abandoned the last negotiation round, as Europe maintains its ground despite Central American pressure.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The delegations from Nicaragua and El Salvador will return to their countries to consult on the last European proposals, which they deem insufficient.

Costa Rica will pile on the pressure until an adequate ‘balance’ is reached. “Europe must understand our needs, this is crucial”, said head negotiator Roberto Echandi.

Elfinancierocr.com published statements by Marco Vinicio Ruiz, Costa Rican Commerce Ministry: “We can understand that a country needs some more time to find domestic balance. The door will be always open for them to join later, when they find the consensus they are looking for”.

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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.

CA - EU Negotiation Depends on Honduran Elections

October 2009

This was the official posture of a delegation from the European Parliament, in a visit to Costa Rica.

Marco Vinicio Ruiz, Costa Rican Commerce Minister, explained the stance of the Europeans, who want to wait for the Honduran elections to resume negotiations after them.

"If this electoral process is carried out in a reasonable manner, with international supervision, and many governments endorse them, it is likely that negotiations will be resumed immediately after them", stated the minister.

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.

Huge differences in sugar negotiations

January 2009

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.

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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