Panama Incorporated to EU-CA Negotiation

The Central American countries, with the exception of Nicaragua, accepted the incorporation of Panama in the negotiation for an Association Agreement with the European Union.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

At a meeting in Panama, the chancellors of SICA countries (Central American Integration System) signed a document in which they acknowledge that the incorporation of Panama to the agreement will help increase the goods and services offered by the region.

“...Nicaragua expressed that ‘it is not the right moment for this’”, reported Univision.com.

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Panama Proposes Negotiation with EU

October 2009

In the proposal, dubbed "Five plus one", the country commits to making the necessary changes without economic integration with the region.

One of the changes would be the adoption of a unified tariff code with Central America.

"This proposal seems to have changed, at least partially, the posture of the European Union, who had initially conditioned Panama's participation in the Agreement to the country joining Sieca (Central American Integration System)", reported prensa.com.

UE Agreement Postponed Until September

July 2009

Commerce authorities from El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica decided to resume negotiations in September.

Guatemala's Economic Minister, Rubén Morales, informed that if the Honduran political crisis is not resolved by September, they will consider resuming negotiations without the country, and letting Honduras rejoin later.

Panama Enters EU Negotiation

March 2010

The European Union formally accepted the inclusion of Panama in the negotiations for an Association Agreement with Central America.

This way, EU recognizes Panama as part of the Central American block, despite the fact that it is not a member of the Central American Economic Integration Secretary (SIECA).

Central America Will Study EU Agreement

July 2009

Next week in Costa Rica, the countries of the region will define their negotiation strategy with the European Union.

The meeting will take place at the Central American Integration Secretary, known in Spanish as Sieca.

"Ministers will define if the region continues negotiations without Honduras.

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