Delegation for relations with the countries of Central America : EP resolutions

European Parliament resolution of 31 May 2018 on the situation in Nicaragua 

The EP condemns the brutal repression and intimidation of peaceful protestors in Nicaragua who are opposing the social security reform, resulting in many deaths, disappearances and arbitrary arrests perpetrated by the Nicaraguan authorities, armed forces, police and violent groups supporting the government; reminds all Nicaraguan security forces of their duty to, above all, defend citizens from harm;

Statement by DCAM Chair on the plane crash in La Havana, Cuba, 18 May 2018 

Bruselas, 22 de mayo de 2018

Declaración de la Presidenta de la Delegación del Parlamento Europeo para las Relaciones con los Países de América Central sobre el accidente aéreo en La Habana ocurrido el 18 de mayo de 2018

La Delegación del Parlamento Europeo para las Relaciones con los Países de América Central (DCAM) se ha visto profundamente conmovida por la noticia del accidente aéreo en La Habana, Cuba, ocurrido el 18 de mayo de 2018 y que causó la muerte de 111 personas.

Acompañamos en el sentimiento a los familiares de las víctimas y al pueblo de Cuba en este difícil momento de duelo nacional.

Sofia Sakorafa

Conclusion of the EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement 

El Salvador: the cases of women prosecuted for miscarriage, 17 December 2017 

Council decision on EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (2017) 

The European Parliament adopted by 497 votes to 107, with 79 abstentions, a resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the EU, of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Cuba, of the other part.

Reiterating the high strategic value of the relationship between the EU and Cuba, Parliament welcomed the signing in Brussels, on 12 December 2016, of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA) between the EU and Cuba. It considered that it constitutes an instrument that will offer a new framework for relations between the EU and Cuba.

Emphasising the importance of the human rights dialogue between the EU and Cuba, Members reiterated that the EU's policy towards Cuba include the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and facilitating the economic and social modernisation aimed at improving the living standards of the Cuban population.

Joint motion for a resolution on Guatemala, situation of human rights, 16.02.2017 

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on Guatemala, tabled by the EPP, S&D, ECR, ALDE, Greens/EFA and EFDD groups, regarding the situation of human rights defenders.

Members strongly condemned the recent murders of Laura Leonor Vásquez Pineda, Sebastian Alonzo Juan and several other Guatemalan journalists, as well other human rights defenders in Guatemala carried out in 2016.

They called for the urgent and mandatory implementation of the precautionary measures recommended by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) and called on the authorities to reverse the decision that unilaterally removes national precautionary measures benefitting human rights defenders.[...]

Members also called on the Guatemalan authorities to accelerate the procedures to ensure the establishment of a national mechanism for free and informed prior consultations, as foreseen under ILO 169.[...]

Motion for a resolution on Honduras: situation of Human rights defenders, 12.04.2016 

The European Parliament adopted a resolution tabled by the EFDD, EPP, S&D, ALDE, ECR, GUE/NGL and Greens/EFA groups, on the situation of human rights defenders in Honduras,

It condemned in the strongest terms the recent assassination of Berta Cáceres, Nelson García (activists in indigenous rights movements) and Paola Barraza (a defender of LGBTI rights), as well as each of the earlier assassinations of other human rights defenders in Honduras. [...]

Members recalled that Ms Cáceres was benefiting from precautionary measures issued by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), which were reportedly not implemented effectively by the Honduran state.[...]

Those Member States that have not done so must ratify the EU-Central America Association Agreement. [...]

Parliament went on to note that these recent murders should be seen in the context of the peaceful, decade-long resistance led by activists against the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam on the Gualcarque River [...]

Political dialogue and cooperation agreement 

The European Parliament adopted a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion on behalf of the European Union of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republics of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, of the other part, as regards Article 49(3) thereof.

Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the Agreement.

Consent to conclusion of association Agreement between EU and Central America 

The European Parliament adopted by 557 votes to 100, with 21 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Agreement establishing an Association between the European Union and its Member States, on the one hand, and Central America, on the other.

Parliament consented to the conclusion of the agreement.

Interim resolution on the Association Agreement between the EU and Central America 


The European Parliament adopted by 564 votes to 100, with 16 abstentions, a resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Agreement establishing an Association between the EU and its Member States, on the one hand, and Central America, on the other.

Parliament recalls that the Association Agreement sets a major precedent by being the first bi-regional AA signed by the EU since the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon.

The Agreement implies a political and economic association between the EU and the region and will extend, on a qualitative and quantitative basis, the range of goods and services that will benefit from a free trade area.

It will contribute to greater regional integration and stability in Central America by reinforcing legal security, an increase in trade and investment flows, and by offering an opportunity for diversification and for attracting long-term productive investments.