Panama continues to be excluded from the EU - Central America Agreement

The negotiation of the Agreement of Association continues, and the incorporation of Panama will depend on whether its signs the protocol economic integration with Central America.

Monday, February 2, 2009

The signing of the protocol is a indispensable requirement in order for the European Union to accept the incorporation of Panama in the negotiations.

In an article published on, Rafael E. Berrocal reports that "for more than two years Panama has avoided the commitment say that it needs to study it more closely in order to avoid complications due to its incompatibility with the economy of Central America. The Minister of Trade and Industry has indicated that for them to join the regional integration they need adequate terms that will allow them to take up the commitments of the agreement with out any disturbances.

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Panama to Enter Agreement with EU

May 2009

The European Union would allow Panama to enter into the Agreement by lifting the prerequisite that it should be part of SIECA.

Panama has been an observer thus far in the negotiation for an Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union because the country had not fulfilled the European Union’s prerequisite of signing the protocol for the "economic integration with Central America, i.e.

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