Start Date of AACUE to be Defined In May

Lack of ratification of the Association Agreement by most Central American countries, has raised questions about the time of its entry into force.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

An article in reports that "Representatives from the Central American countries and the European Union (EU) will define on May 15, the day when the Association Agreement will enter into force, diplomatic sources said today."

According to Francisco Javier Sandomingo, head of delegation of the European Commission for Central America and Panama, this "is the date agreed by the heads of state and their representatives" in the EU-Latin America and the Caribbean summit which was held in January in Chile.

"On this day it has to be decided when the Association Agreement signed last June by Central America and the EU will enter into force, depending on how much the ratification process in each of the Central American States has developed by then," said the official .

"As things are going, by the end of August, the commercial part of the agreement, will most likely comes into force," said Sandomingo, who was confident that both blocks "could establish" on May 15 "a date for the exchange of instruments of ratification and, consequently, for the entry into force" of the Agreement.

The diplomat explained that the Association Agreement will enter into force for States which have ratified it, even though not all of them will have done so. The place where the meeting will be held was not confirmed by Sandomingo.

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