EU suspends budget support to Nicaragua

December 12, 2008

The European Union has suspended $32 million in budget support to Nicaragua this year to protest the Daniel Ortega government´s failure to comply with the EU´s governability, transparency and human rights requirements.

The European Commission´s spokesman in Nicaragua, Pedro Mucciolo told The Nica Times yesterday the EU will release only about half the $68.2 million in aid it planned on providing for Nicaragua´s government budget this year.

The EU´s aid suspension comes after the U.S. government froze $64 million in aid under its Millennium Challenge Account in Nicaragua because of the impoverished country´s deteriorating democratic freedoms.

U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua Robert Callahan told reporters yesterday that Nicaragua has three months to find a solution to its electoral crisis, in which the polarized country has come to an institutional standstill after allegations that the Nov. 9 mayoral elections were rigged by the ruling Sandinistas. Otherwise, Nicaragua´s frozen Millennium Challenge aid will be cut for good. The United States has backed opposition calls for a vote recount with international observers.

“Nicaraguans are the ones who have to find a solution to this problem,” Callahan said.

You may be interested

Adaptive surfing, part III: Riding the waves with Noah
sports
76 views
sports
76 views

Adaptive surfing, part III: Riding the waves with Noah

Ellen Zoe Golden - May 25, 2018

Part III in a series on adaptive surfing in Costa Rica. Read Part I, about the country's association for disabled…

It’s frog orgy season
Environment and Wildlife
1182 views
Environment and Wildlife
1182 views

It’s frog orgy season

Lindsay Fendt - May 25, 2018

The rainy season is upon us. For many of us that means hiding indoors for the next few months, but for Costa…

Costa Rica’s guilty voters
No Sugar Please
141 views
No Sugar Please
141 views

Costa Rica’s guilty voters

Álvaro Murillo - May 25, 2018

By what I have done, and by what I have left undone. A relative of mine is 70 years old…