VI Round of Negotiations with EU in final phase

The negotiations are entering the final phase after yesterday's presentation of the sugar and banana offer by the EU.

Thursday, January 29, 2009 reports: "This has do with a quota which did not surpass, nor meet, the aspirations of Central America.

Ocampo highlighted, however, that with yesterday's presentation of the sugar offer and the banana offer on Monday, almost all of the Isthmus' interests have been put on the table."

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EU Agreement Protects Tomato, Potato and Onion

April 2010

Other projects such as candy, pastas and sausages were also left out of the agreement.

On the plus side, smashed banana, orange and pineapple juice, tuna and palm hearth, among others, are products that will be able to enter the EU with zero tariffs.

“Mario Montero, executive director of the Food Industry Chamber, explained that the general situation is positive”, published

EU and the Isthmus meet in Guatemala

October 2008

Central America came with an offer giving access to the European market 84% for the exportable products and the demand to include products such as sugar, ethanol, shrimp, coffee, pineapple and banana.

During the fifth round of talks that started yesterday, they will begin the discussion of specific products that are considered sensitive by each of the parts.

Fifth round of talks with EU to begin in October

September 2008

Five Central American countries will demand that the EU provide access for sugar, banana, ethanol, shrimp, and other products that are not yet included.

On that date the dynamics of the negotiations will change; previously each block of countries presented an offer to open their markets to the other party.

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

August 2008

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

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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