Central America Makes New Proposal to EU

The region’s newest proposal intends to find middle ground in the unsolved issues, especially dairy, banana, sugar, meats and apparel.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Costa Rica’s Commerce Minister, Anabel González, told the press that the negotiations are at a delicate and critical point.

“The main disputed topic is the amount of milk powder and cheese that Europe may sell in Central America. May of the region’s small farmers could be seriously affected by the subsidies granted by European governments to their dairy industries”, reported Laprensagrafica.com.

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Costa Rica Ratifies Association Agreement with the EU

July 2013

The Costa Rican Congress has finally approved the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union, which will take effect on August 1.

From a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (COMEX):

The Legislature has approved on its second reading the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union (CAAA), which seeks to boost trade relations between Central America and the old continent, by improving the business climate, creating new opportunities for trade, investment and employment and strengthening institutions in the region.

Pending Task For CA: Distribute the Quotas Negotiated With EU

May 2010

The region must now define how to distribute the import and export quotas negotiated with the European Union.

Central America obtained a regional sugar export quota of 162.000 metric tons, and a meat quota of 9.500 metric tons.

“Rice got a tariff-free quota of 20.000 metric tons”, reported Laprensalibre.co.cr.

EU-CA Negotiations to Resume Next Week

May 2010

Miguel Angel Moratinos, Spain’s Foreign Relations Minister, reported that the negotiations for the association agreement will be resumed this week.

At a press conference, he stated that “there is willingness to conclude the agreement” on May 18th, at the Euro-Latin American summit.

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 Sigloxxi.com 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”.

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