"Nicaragua and El Salvador Won't Participate in the Next Round of the CA-EU Agreement"

This was announced by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega at the governor's meeting of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Ortega remarked that European negotiators do not intend to negotiate, but to impose conditions, adding that trade agreements between powers like the European Union and a group of small, impoverished nations like Central America are a form of imperialism or modern "colonialism".

An article in El19digital.com reports that Ortega called on Central American nations to join him. He announced that his country's delegation, headed by the Chancellor of Nicaragua, asked him to consult Latin American and European leaders on all the issues blocking a closure of the agreement.

He added that an integration process requires resources to achieve a balance, as there are large asymmetries between Central American countries, but that a region that is so weak in economic terms cannot do this on its own, and so developed countries must contribute the resources needed to achieve this balance.

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Praise for Ortega's Economic Policy

June 2011

Nicaraguan businessmen say that "the economic engine is the private sector " because it "generates 93% of employment and 83% of the gross domestic product "

An article in Informe Pastrán, reported that the president of the superior council for private enterprise (COSEP), José Aguerri, made this statement during an interview with AFP.

EU-CA Negotiations to Resume Next Week

May 2010

Miguel Angel Moratinos, Spain’s Foreign Relations Minister, reported that the negotiations for the association agreement will be resumed this week.

At a press conference, he stated that “there is willingness to conclude the agreement” on May 18th, at the Euro-Latin American summit.

CA-EU Negotiation to Resume in February

January 2010

The negotiations for an Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union will resume in February.

The next negotiation round is scheduled for "the end of February in Brussels", detailed Mendel Goldstein, ambassador for the European Commission for Central America.

Europe improves its offer on tariffs for Central America

July 2008

In negotiations on an association agreement with Central America, the European Union has improved its offer by proposing to increase the number of products that will enter Europe under the enhanced Generalized System of Preferences (GSP Plus).

Eduardo Cálix, El Salvador's deputy foreign minister and Central America's current regional spokesman on political matters, said that recognition of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was no longer an issue. The European Union would allow time so that each country's legislature can officially recognize the ICC's authority, he added.

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