Central American Businessmen Unhappy With EU Proposal

Ceca, the Central American Business Committee, is demanding the EU more flexibility when opening their market to agricultural goods.

Friday, March 26, 2010

In a press release, the entity expressed its discontent with the level of market access offered by the European Union. They are even considering walking away from the negotiations.

From Elperiodico.com.gt: “The business sector demands better market access for beef, sugar, rum and rice, and better tariffs for banana”.

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Central America Requests Greater Access to EU Market

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To close the Association Agreement with the European Union, Central American countries request greater market access for agricultural goods.

Regarding banana, Central American countries want to pay a comparable tariff to the one recently agreed in an FTA between the EU and Peru and Colombia.

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Pending topics include access for Central American agriculture products to Europe (banana and sugar) and sustainable development.

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The European Union is willing to negotiate better access for Central American banana within the framework of the bi-regional agreement of association.

The chief European negotiator, Rupert Schlgemilch, said to EF that the solution for banana is not only in Geneva, since this negotiation is about a preferential agreement, he cannot imaging the possibility of excluding banana and leaving it to be resolved by the WTO.

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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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