EU announces $19 million for Central America

The European Union has announced this aid to help with the integration of the region ahead of the next round of negotiations for reaching an agreement of association.

Friday, January 23, 2009 reports: "With this aid package, the community Executive wants to contribute to the consolidation of the regional institutions in Central America and the participation of the social organizations in the process, the EC indicated in a release."

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