New Round CA – EU With Panama

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

Monday, March 22, 2010

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

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Decisive Negotiation Round Between EU and CA

April 2010

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

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 Projects Last Round with EU for July

April 2009

The countries of the isthmus have proposed finalizing the technical aspects of the agreement during this last round.

The current spokesperson for the countries of the region, Deputy Foreign Minister of Honduras, Patricia Licona, informed EFE that "mini rounds" will be held to address pending issues in the trade chapter.

Europe and Central American to hold low-level negotiations in Honduras

February 2009

Central America and the EU will hold a round of negotiations in March to "expedite and energize" the agreement of association.

Nicolas Bulte, EU chief for economic policy and the press for Central America, in an article by "...explained that in this round, which will be held by request of Central America, both blocks will jointly define which of the 12 subtopics have had the slowest progress up to now."

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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