No Europe Agreement in 2009

Costa Rica's Commerce Ministry is proposing a change in the rules, in order to close the agreement without Honduras.

Friday, September 18, 2009

So far, Europe's stance has been to put the process on hold until the Honduran crisis is resolved with the restitution of deposed president Manuel Zelaya, an event that may never occur. If the winner of the planned elections in Honduras is not recognized, the Association Agreement with Europe could be postponed sine die.

An article in Capitales.com stated that "Costa Rica will present a proposal to restart negotiations. It implies changing the mandate which requires the 5 countries to participate in the negotiations."

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EU and CA to Resume Negotiations

February 2010

Negotiators from Central America and the European Union are gathered in Brussels, deciding how to restart the negotiations for an association agreement.

Such negotiations were suspended by the EU in July 2009, after the Honduran political crisis.

Website SigloXXI.com reports: “Spain, who holds the presidency of the European Union, remarked that both the elections and the fact that Porfirio Lobo was sworn in as the new President of Honduras, have ‘paved the way’ for the EU to normalize its relations with the Central American country, in order to resume the negotiations for a bilateral association agreement”.

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.

EU Agreement: Either Everyone or Nobody

October 2009

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

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 PrensaLibre.cr.

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

Nacion.com 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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