Delegation for relations with the countries of Central America : Ordinary meetings

Ordinary meeting of 26 April 2018 

The agenda of this meeting included exchange of views on:
  • Results of the referendum on the border conflict resolution with Belize held in Guatemala on Sunday April 15, 2018, with the participation of:

· H.E. José Alberto Briz Gutiérrez, Ambassador of Guatemala to the EU;

· H.E. Dylan Vernon, Ambassador of Belize to the EU;

  • Conclusions of the meeting EP-Parlacen held on 5 April 2018 in Panama City in the framework of the EuroLat's Standing Committee meetings, with the participation of:

· Gabriel Mato, First Vice-President of the Delegation for relations with the countries of Central America;

  • Exchange of views on the Presidential (first and second round) and legislative election on 4 February and 1 April 2018 in Costa Rica, with the participation of:

· H.E. István Alfaro, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the EU;

· Fernando Ponz, Deputy Head of Division for Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, EEAS;

Ordinary meeting of 29 January 2018 

The agenda of this meeting included exchanges of views on:
  • Result of elections in Honduras held on 26 November 2017, with the participation of:

· Marisa Matias, Head of EU's Electoral Observation Mission in Honduras;

· Patrick Costello, Head of the Division for Electoral Observation, EEAS;

· Fernando Ponz, Deputy Head of Division for Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, EEAS.

  • Preparation of the delegation visit to El Salvador and Nicaragua which will take place from 12 to 16 February 2018:

· H.E. Mr Mauricio Lautaro Sandino, Ambassador of Nicaragua to the EU;

· H.E. Mrs Julia Emma Villatoro, Ambassador of El Salvador to the EU;

· Fernando Ponz, Deputy Head of Division for Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, EEAS.

Ordinary meeting on 4 December 2017 

DCAM Meeting of 4 December 2017  
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The meeting included:

Exchange of views with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs of Belize, Hon. Wilfred P. Elrington, with the participation of:

• Katja Afheldt, Head of Division for Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, of the EEAS

Exchange of views of the results of the local elections held in Nicaragua on 5 November 2017, with the participation of:

• H.E. Mauricio Lautaro Sandino, Ambassador of Nicaragua to the EU;
• Katja Afheldt, Head of Division for Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, of the EEAS.



Ordinary meeting of 12 October 2017, Brussels 

The meeting included exchanges of view on:

  • the conclusion of the Development Committee mission to Honduras, which took place from 18 to 22 September 2017, with the participation of:

· Ms Lola Sánchez Caldentey, MEP, Head of the Delegation of the Committee for Development to Honduras

· Mr Aldo Dell'Ariccia, Head of Division for Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, of the EEAS

· Mr Kostas Berdos, DG DEVCO, Direction Latin America and Caribbean

  • the political situation in Guatemala with the participation of:

· Aldo Dell'Ariccia, Head of Division for Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, of the EEAS


Extraordinary meeting of 8 June 2017, Brussels 

The meeting included an exchange of views on "Honduras' achievements, challenges and prospects", with
  • H.E. Ms Maria Dolores Agüero Lara, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Honduras.

Meeting of 27 April 2017, Brussels 

The meeting included exchanges of view on
  • the communication of the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica on the article 2 of the Rules of Procedure for the future Joint Parliamentary Committee, with
    - H.E. Mr. István Alfaro, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the EU;

  • the results of the primary elections in Honduras, with
    - H.E. Mr Roberto Ochoa Madrid, Ambassador of Honduras to the EU
    - Mr Aldo Dell'Ariccia, Head of Division for Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, of the EEAS;

  • the Annual Report from the European Commission on the Implementation of Part IV of the Agreement establishing an Association between the EU and its Member States and Central America, with
    - Mr Matthias Jorgensen, Head of Unit for the Relations with Latin America, DG Trade, European Commission
    - Mr Aldo Dell'Ariccia, Head of Division for Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, of the EEAS.

Meeting of 23 March 2017, Brussels 

This was a joint meeting of:
  • the Delegation for relations with the countries of Central America (DCAM)
  • the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (DLAT).

Co-Chair Sofia Sakorafa (DCAM) reminded MEPs about the Delegation visit to Panama from 30 March to 1 April 2016.

An exchange of views was held on common global challenges and Panama's commitment to transparency and good tax governance, with:
  • H.E. Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Panama.

Meeting of 6 March 2017, Brussels 

This was a joint meeting with
  • the Delegation for relations with the countries of Central America (DCAM)
  • the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (DLAT).

Co-Chair Sofia Sakorafa (DCAM) said she was very pleased by the visit of Mr Hugo Martinez to the European Parliament to present the National Security Plan of El Salvador.

The meeting included an exchange of views on the "Plan El Salvador Seguro": state of play, perspectives and participation of the EU, with
  • Hugo Martínez, Minister for Foreign Affairs of El Salvador;
  • Hato Hasbún, Secretary for Governance of the Presidency of the Republic of El Salvador;
  • Antonio Morales, Deputy Secretary for Governance of the Presidency of the Republic of El Salvador.

Extraordinary meeting of 8 February 2017, Brussels 

This was a joint meeting of
  • the Delegation for relations with the countries of Central America (DCAM)
  • the Monitoring Group on Association Agreement EU-Central America

Alexander Mora, Minister for Foreign Trade of Costa Rica spoke on three key issues:
  1. State of play of the implementation of the trade pillar of the Association Agreement EU-Central America
  2. Costa Rica's Pro-Tempore Presidency of SIECA (Secretariat of Central American Economic Integration)
  3. Accession of Costa Rica to the OECD.

Meeting of 26 January 2017, Brussels 

The Chair announced that the approval by the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica of PARLACEN's proposal to modify provisions for the composition of the Central American delegation to the JPC is still pending.

Exchanges of views were held on
  • the draft calendar of activities for the second semester 2017;

  • the report N° 30/2016 of the European Court of Auditors on the effectiveness of EU support to priority sectors in Honduras, with:
    - Bettina Jacobsen, the Member of the European Court of Auditors responsible for the report.

The meeting also included a presentation and exchange of views of the objectives of the Costa Rican Presidency pro-témpore of the System of Integration of Central America (SICA) for the first semester of 2017, with
  • H.E. Mr István Alfaro, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the EU.