The EU prepares sugar offer for the region

It is expected that the EU will present its offer for sugar in two days, within the framework of the VI Round of negotiations being held in Brussels.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Minister of Foreign Trade for Costa Rica, Marco Vinicio Ruiz, said to "There has been a lot of progress in the commercial part. "Most of our products, close to 90%, will enter with zero tariff. The idea is to discuss senstive products during the rest of the week."

The European negotiator, Rupert Schlegelmilch, said that they are already reaching the end of the ..."

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EU Agreement to Include Honduras and Panama

January 2010

Benita Ferrero-Waldner, EU's Trade commissar, said she is pleased with the inclusion of Panama in the agreement.

The involved parties hope to sign the Agreement on May 18th, in Madrid, Spain.

"Marco Ruiz, Costa Rica Commerce Minister, said that 'we support the inclusion of Panama, they have been taking part in the meetings.

Huge differences in sugar negotiations

January 2009

It will be difficult for Central America to reach an agreement with the European Union to accept the entrance of the amount of sugar the negotiators want into its territories.

Raquel Guerra reports in an article on that the chief European trade negotiator, Rupert Schlgelmilch, said that: "They (the Central American countries) want a lot, they want a lot more than what we are offering, however this is not something that will block the negotiations at this stage."

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.

Central America rejects conditions for trade alliance with Europe

May 2008

Central America rejected the European Union's request to phase out 90 percent of its tariffs in exchange for the benefits of the EU's enhanced Generalised System of Preferences (GSP-plus).

At a meeting with Peter Mandelson, the EU's trade commissioner, Central American representatives insisted that GSP-plus should be offered unconditionally as the basis for negotiations on an association agreement between the two regions.

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