Decisive Negotiation Round Between EU and CA

Central American negotiators expect Europe to improve its offer for sugar, coffee, banana, meat and rum.

Monday, April 19, 2010

This week’s negotiations are key for the Central American region, as the fate of the so called ‘sensitive products’ will be defined.

The negotiation will begin with considerable differences in what each side has conceded so far. Central America has allowed immediate access for 3.116 tariff lines, 47.49% of the total, plus gradually removing tariffs on 3.445 lines. Europe offered immediate access to 8.845 lines, 90.94% of the total, plus gradually removing tariffs on 880 additional lines.

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New Round CA – EU With Panama

March 2010

A negotiation round for an association agreement between Central America and Europe starts this week, covering commercial aspects.

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

“In the latter, the EU wants to define productive and dignifying employment as one of the key aspects of globalization and international trade”, reported

Sugar is Key Topic in CA and EU Agreement

June 2009

The EU conditioned increasing sugar quotas on a wide list of benefits for dairy products, passing over ceramics and even services.

José Orive, Executive Director of Sugar Producers of the Central American Isthmus (AICA, acronym in Spanish) noted that: “Europe continues to be reluctant to change their position.”

EU Increases Offer for Sugar

June 2009

The new offer increases the quota for sugar from Central America that can enter the European Union without tariffs to 100,000 tons.

According to La Prensa Gráfica, the president of the Sugar Association of El Salvador, Armando Arias, indicated that "the Minister of the Economy said publicly that he knew–off the record-that the EU might offer up to 100,000 tons to Central America.”

Isthmus asks Europe for preferential treatment for organic products

December 2008

Central America asked the EU to offer preferential treatment for market access for organic products in the agreement of association.

The request, presented this week in Brussels, is for Central American goods created with these characteristics to have preferential tariffs in comparison to traditional goods.

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