Central America begins consultations to better offer to EU

Central America is preparing its next commercial offer that should be presented in Brussels (Belgium) in January.

Monday, October 27, 2008

The region should restart a series of consultations with the productive sectors, but this time it should include those that have been in the so called F basket, which is for those products that need special treatment or which are simple excluded from the negotiations.

Central American negotiators arrived in Guatemala at the start of October for the fifth round with an improved commercial proposal that included 85.3% of the tax lines. Europe asked for more, for at least 90%.

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Free Zones create discord with Europe

December 2008

The European Union does not accept the proposal for special regimes within the framework of negotiations with the Isthmus.

The regional proposal which includes the export of production under special regimes, including free zones, has become a new impasse in negotiations between the EU and CA.

Central American negotiators meet before heading to Brussels

November 2008

The technical teams will meet in Guatemala next week to come up with a consensus for the proposal that they will take to the sixth round of negotiations.

The main negotiators and the technical teams will meet from November 24 to 28 to try to establish their main positions for the sixth round of negotiations, which will be held in Brussels, Belgium, from December 8 to 12.

EU expects greater commercial access in Central America

October 2008

Central America's commercial offer covers 85.3% of the products, but the European Union wants it to be 90%.

Central America's commercial offer covers 85.3% of the products, but the European Union wants it to be 90%.
"This offer has improved a lot, but it is not at the World Trade Organization (WTO) level; it is almost there, but it is lacking a few percentages," said Rupert Schlegelmilch, EU negotiator for the commercial agreement.

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.

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