Visit of Ricardo Martinelli, President of Panama, to José Manuel Barroso: arrival and round table
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received the visit of Ricardo Martinelli, President of Panama, on 30 May 2013 in Brussels.The two men discussed the EU/Panama relations. The visit reflected EU's and Panama's will of strengthening their ties through the EU/Central America Association Agreement. The EU/Central America Association Agreement is the first region-to-region Association Agreement concluded by the EU. It was signed in June 2012 and covers all aspects of the relationship – political dialogue, cooperation and trade. The European Parliament gave its consent to the Agreement in December 2012 and ratification in Central American countries is on-going.