Welcome from the Chair

As the elected Chair of the Delegation for relations with the countries of Central America, I preside over our regular meetings in Brussels and Strasbourg and set the agenda for our work with the nine countries this delegation follows: Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. The Delegation follows a broad variety of issues in these countries, ranging from the economic and political situation to social, legal and human rights issues.

During this term of the European Parliament, the Delegation's work is focused on the EU-Central America Association Agreement, which was signed on 29 June 2012 in Tegucigalpa (Honduras). The trade pillar provisionally entered into force in 2013, but one EU member state (Belgium) has not yet ratified the Agreement, meaning that political cooperation and development are still under the provisions of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement signed in 2003. I hope that the Association Agreement can enter into force in the near future.

The Association Agreement provides for the establishment of an EU-Central America Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) with the six countries party to the Association Agreement (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama). Currently, our Committee is working jointly with our partners, the Central American Parliament (Parlacen) and the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica on the drafting of the rules of procedure for this interparliamentary body. Once set up, the JPC will greatly strengthen the inter-parliamentary cooperation between the two regions.

The Delegation travels once a year to Central America, normally visiting two countries. During its visit, DCAM typically meets representatives of the national parliaments, government, the private sector and civil society. DCAM visited El Salvador and Honduras from 23 to 28 February 2020.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic certainly has changed the agenda of our Delegation, which I think will be busy for a long time looking at the consequences of the pandemic for Central America and the European Union.

I look forward to guiding our delegation through these challenging times in a rapidly changing world.

Tilly Metz

Chair


Next DCAM Meeting: 2 March 2023

02-02-2023 - 12:07

The next meeting of the Delegation for relations with the countries of Central America (DCAM) is scheduled on:

Thursday 2 March 2023, 14.00-16.00

Room: SPINELLI 3G2

DCAM Meeting (in AFET) of 23 January 2023 on the situation in Nicaragua

02-02-2023 - 12:07
The Delegation for relations with the countries of Central America (DCAM) had been associated to an exchange of views which took place within the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) on 23 January 2023:

  • Exchange of views with Jonathan Hatwell, Head of Division for Mexico, Central America and Caribbean at the EEAS on the situation in Nicaragua

Central America: MEPs visit Honduras and Guatemala to strengthen EU-Central America relations

07-11-2022 - 09:30

From 31 October to 4 November, a delegation of MEPs led by the Chair of Parliament's Delegation for relation with the countries of Central America (DCAM), Tilly Metz (Greens/EFA, Luxembourg), visited Honduras and Guatemala. During their visit in both countries, MEPs met with Members of Congress, the foreign affairs ministers and other government officials, representatives of civil society, the business community, indigenous communities, women and LGBTIQ+ organisations, judges and media representatives.

After the visit, Delegation Chair Tilly Metz (Greens/EFA, Luxembourg) said:

"This visit came at a crucial moment in EU-Central America relations. The new geopolitical context following the Russian invasion of Ukraine calls for a strengthening of ties with like-minded countries, as outlined in the "Roadmap to 2023" presented by HR/VP Josep Borrell. This deepened relationship should be based on shared values such as democracy, the rule of law, respect for human rights, the fight against corruption and sustainable development.

Since nine months, Honduras has a new government under Xiomara Castro, who was the first woman in Honduras to be elected President with promises of fighting corruption and narco-trafficking after 12 years of rule be the Honduran National Party. We have hopes that President Castro and her LIBRE party will deliver on her promises as regards a better protection of human rights and the environment. However, in the meetings with different civil society organisations, they regretted the lack of concrete results so far. We welcome the intention to establish a new anti-corruption body, the International Commission against Impunity in Honduras (CICIH). We call upon the government to come quickly to an agreement with the UN, which will sponsor the CICIH. The country urgently needs sustainable investments for its socio-economic development and should soon implement its reform program to reassure potential investors. In their meeting with the Foreign Affairs Minister, the delegation noted with concern the abstention of Honduras at the vote in the UN General Assembly on Russia's annexation of Ukrainian territory.

Guatemalans will go to the polls on 25 June 2023 and we confide that the elections will be free and transparent. The European Union is ready to support the electoral process and to send an elections observation mission, as requested by the Guatemalan government. Guatemala is one of the top economic performers in Latin America and a prosperous nation. Therefore, we call on Guatemala's authorities to make more efforts to tackle high poverty rate, extreme inequality and widespread malnutrition, especially of children. We believe that Guatemala has all the means to remedy these grievances. The fundaments of a sound democracy is a strong judiciary and we call upon the government to guarantee the strict independence of the Guatemalan judiciary. Furthermore, the fight against corruption is fundamental for a stable democracy but also for creating a sound business climate. In that sense, Guatemala should step up its efforts to combat corruption. Regarding foreign policy, we welcome that Guatemala has always been a staunched ally of the European Union, as shown in its continuous support of the UN resolutions on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In Honduras and Guatemala, the situation of the indigenous people and women needs urgent improvement and a better consideration of their fundamental rights. We have seen very positive examples of projects being designed to empower women and indigenous people, which give hope for a better future that the people in both countries deserve."

The delegation, led by DCAM Chair Tilly METZ (Greens/EFA, Luxembourg) was composed of Leopoldo LÓPEZ GIL (EPP, Spain) and Alicia HOMS GINEL (S&D, Spain).


Bureau of the DCAM delegation

25-02-2021 - 18:26
The Bureau of the Delegation for relations with the countries of Central America (DCAM) is currently constituted of the following members:

  • Chair: Tilly Metz (Greens/EFA, LU)
  • 1st Vice-Chair: Javier Nart (Renew, ES)
  • 2nd Vice-Chair: Jens Gieseke (EPP, DE)

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