EU-CA Negotiations Resume in Guatemala

Next Thursday, Central America and Europe will resume their unfinished negotiations for an Association Agreement between them.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Talks will last for two days, with negotiators trying to solve the differences both blocks have regarding how much tariffs to remove and how to do it on several sensible products.

Rubén Morales, Guatemalan Economy Minister, explained that pending topics include “dairy products, alcoholic beverages, sugar, banana, and tuna, as well as rules of origin and intellectual property”.

One of the toughest remaining issues is dairy goods. Europe insists on being able to export 4.500 annual tons of milk powder to Central America, a product that is heavily subsidized in Europe and that could be sold at prices that would destroy the local industry.

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Producers and importers of alcoholic beverages suggested a tariff reduction agreement between EU and CA.

This request could be included in the Association Agreement being negotiated between both blocks.

Pedro Lamport, President of the Central American Association of Importers and Producers of Alcoholic Beverages, told newspaper "The idea is for us to have the same treatment.

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July 2009

Commerce authorities from El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica decided to resume negotiations in September.

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July 2009

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The meeting will take place at the Central American Integration Secretary, known in Spanish as Sieca.

"Ministers will define if the region continues negotiations without Honduras.

Central America to make new offer to the EU

December 2008

The countries of Central America already made an offer of 90% of the tariff items that they will allow the European Union.

According to the Guatemalan vice minister of Foreign Trade, Ruben Morales, the negotiating teams from the region agreed to the 90% of the items as required by the EU at a private meeting that was held for one week in Guatemala.

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