EU and CA Close Telecommunications Chapter

Negotiators from both blocks announced they have reached an agreement on all items related to Telecommunications.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The announcement was made by Rubén Morales, Guatemalan Economy Minister. He added that this chapter introduces safeguards for companies to participate in the Central American telecom market.

“Morales reported two other advances in market access: rules of origin for Guatemalan coffee and vegetables”, reported

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CE – EU Round Concludes Without Agreement

April 2010

Both blocks closed 10 days of intense negotiations without closing their Association Agreement.

Talks will continue at “the highest level”, as the parties hope to agree on the final issues in May.

Rubén Morales, Guatemalan economy ministry, told that “the Europeans announced the end of the VIII round because they needed time to analyze Central America’s last proposal on sugar, banana, rice and meat”.

Slight Progress in EU Negotiation

April 2010

Rubén Morales, Guatemalan Economy Minister, said there was some progress in the market access topic, but refused to give details.

The head of the Costa Rican delegation, Roberto Echandi, also reported advances in rules of origin.

“The EU has been more receptive”, he said, adding they closed two chapters on commercial defense and some aspects related to sanitary and phitosanitary measures.

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

Negotiating teams for Central American prepare strategy

August 2008

The teams are fine-tuning a regional strategy to pressure the EU to begin discussions on sensitive topics such as sugar, banana, and fruits.

Preparatory round 14 for the Association Agreement (AA) with the European Union (EU) began in Guatemala, with almost 100 negotiators in attendance to discuss market access, origin rules, technical obstacles to trade and intellectual property, among others.

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