The Isthmus prepares a new offensive for next round of talks with EU

Central America will preparing a "commercial offense" next week, prior to the fifth round of negotiations with the European Union.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The meeting that will be held next week in Guatemala will seek to improve its bid and prevent the Agreement of Association from stalling.
The negotiating teams will present a report of the last meeting with Europe and will evaluate the changes to the region's main offer, said Ruben Morales, Vice-Minister of the Economy of Guatemala.

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Next week in Costa Rica, the countries of the region will define their negotiation strategy with the European Union.

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

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The technical teams will meet in Guatemala next week to come up with a consensus for the proposal that they will take to the sixth round of negotiations.

The main negotiators and the technical teams will meet from November 24 to 28 to try to establish their main positions for the sixth round of negotiations, which will be held in Brussels, Belgium, from December 8 to 12.

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.

European trade offer to be analyzed in July

June 2008

Central America hopes to achieve a new exchange of offers of access to the markets of the European Union in the second week of July.

The meeting will be held just before the third round of negotiations on a trade association between the two regions.
The Central American negotiating team will hold a coordination meeting in the first week of July, in preparation for its meeting in Brussels that starts on July 14.

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