EU Agreement: Either Everyone or Nobody

"The European Union will not admit a mandate change for Central America to negotiate without Honduras".

Friday, October 2, 2009

Such were the words of Marco Vinicio Ruiz, Costa Rican Commerce Ministry, "who had insisted on that idea with his homologous in the region", according to

EU's decision will stagnate, for a second time, negotiations between the isthmus and the European Union. The first time was when Nicaragua withdrew temporarily from the process.

The minister added: "We are insisting on greater flexibility after a solution is found in Honduras, to progress faster".

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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.

European Union Committed to Association Agreement

January 2010

The Association Agreement between EU and Central America, including Honduras, would be signed on May 18th, 2010.

Benita Ferrero-Waldner, European Foreign Commissar, expressed the Union's intent of concluding the negotiations and signing the agreement on the planned date.

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.

Negotiation Between EU and CA At Risk For Honduran Crisis

June 2009

The European commission will receive the Honduran Ambassador in order to examine the consequences of the coup d’ état on the negotiations of the agreement.

The commissioner Benito Ferrero-Waldner said that “it is a crucial question” to know if the meeting in July will be still be held…if Honduras withdraws from the table, “the whole process will be paralyzed.”

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