Agreement with EU: Penalties by Country or as a Region?

Although in commercial matters it has been agreed that application is by country, an initiative by Guatemala would make penalties applicable to the region in political matters.

Friday, June 5, 2009

According to information published in, the proposal “generated the rapid mobilization of Costa Rican national authorities. The Costa Rican Foreign Trade Minister, Marco Vinicio Ruiz, said, "I already chatted informally with Guatemalan authorities and that there are plans to treat it at the foreign minister level - Bruno Stagno of Costa Rica and Haroldo Rodas of Guatemala."

The adoption of the Guatemalan proposal implies that a breach by one country could affect everyone else.

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Central America Fractures Before EU

April 2010

Some countries abandoned the last negotiation round, as Europe maintains its ground despite Central American pressure.

The delegations from Nicaragua and El Salvador will return to their countries to consult on the last European proposals, which they deem insufficient.

Costa Rica will pile on the pressure until an adequate ‘balance’ is reached.

CA - EU Negotiation Depends on Honduran Elections

October 2009

This was the official posture of a delegation from the European Parliament, in a visit to Costa Rica.

Marco Vinicio Ruiz, Costa Rican Commerce Minister, explained the stance of the Europeans, who want to wait for the Honduran elections to resume negotiations after them.

"If this electoral process is carried out in a reasonable manner, with international supervision, and many governments endorse them, it is likely that negotiations will be resumed immediately after them", stated the minister.

Costa Rica and EU Seek Exit for Association Agreement

October 2009

Trade representatives from Costa Rica will meet with EU delegates to resume negotiations.

Bruno Stagno, Foreign Relations minister, and Marco Vinicio Ruiz, Commerce minister, will meet with Europe's foreign relations commissar, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, with the objective of unfreezing the negotiation process, which was paralyzed by the Honduran crisis.

EU banana proposal does not suit the region

January 2009

The tariff reduction proposal presented by the EU within the framework of the negotiations for the Agreement of Association does not satisfy Central American reports: "The Costa Rican Minister of Foreign Trade, Marco Vinicio Ruiz, did not provide details on the European proposal as they are still in negotiations and the Isthmus has to respond this week.

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