EU will negotiate access for banana

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

Monday, October 13, 2008

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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Central America Requests Greater Access to EU Market

March 2010

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.

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 Prensalibre.com.

Agreement with Europe: Most Difficult Still to Come

May 2009

Eighty-eighth percent has already been negotiated and the remaining 12% has the most difficult topics. The agreement is expected to be concluded in July.

An article in elfinancierocr.com examined the state of negotiations, what is done and what is yet to be done in each area left to be negotiated in the Association Agreement between Central America and Europe:

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.

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