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 focussed 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 two EU member states (Belgium and Greece) have 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




Joint Press Release of 15 December 2020 on the harassment of Cuban activists

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Cuba: Lead MEPs condemn harassment of Cuban activists participating in a European Parliament meeting

Statement by the Chair of the Delegation for relations with countries of Central America, Tilly Metz (Greens/EFA, LU), signed jointly with the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, David McAllister (EPP, DE) and the European Parliament's Vice-President, Heidi Hautala (Greens/EFA, FI)

In reaction to the harassment of Cuban human rights activists, including 2005 Sakharov Prize winner Berta Soler, who were participating in an extraordinary remote meeting of the Delegation for relations with countries of Central America (DCAM) entitled "The Implementation of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and Cuba: state of play" last Friday (11 December 2020), Tilly Metz, David McAllister, and Heidi Hautala stated:

DCAM extraordinary meeting of 11 December 2020, Brussels

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During the extraordinary meeting of the EP's Delegation for relations with the countries of Central America (DCAM) held on 11 December 2020 in Brussels, the following item was debated:

Implementation of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and Cuba: state of play with the participation of

  • Katja Afheldt (European External Action Service)
  • Felice Zaccheo (European Commission, DG DEVCO)
  • Berta Soler, Head of the Ladies in White, Winner of the EP's Sakharov Prize in 2005, Havana, Cuba
  • Manuel Cuesta Morua, political activist, Founder and Head of "Progressive Arch/Arco Progresista", Havana, Cuba
  • Reinaldo Escobar, journalist, chief editor of the newspaper 14ymedio, Havana, Cuba
  • Dagoberto Valdes, agricultural engineer, Director of the "Centro de Estudios de Convivencia", Pinar del Río, Cuba
  • Jose Daniel Ferrer, human rights activist, General Coordinator UNPACU (Unión Patriótica de Cuba), Palma Soriano, Santiago de Cuba

Bureau of the DCAM delegation

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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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