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President Solís confirms trip to Europe in March

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís on Monday announced that next month he will embark on an official visit to France, Spain and Italy.

During a ceremony to inaugurate Costa Rica’s 2015  school year, Solís said the first leg of his tour will include a stop in Paris on March 16, where he will promote Costa Rica’s candidacy for a full member spot in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The next day, the president will travel to Madrid for a two-day visit, followed by Rome on March 19-20. Still pending is confirmation of a possible visit to Vatican City, where Solís would meet with Pope Francis.

The president said the tour’s main goal is to lobby for Costa Rica’s chance at an invitation for full membership by an OECD member country. He did not comment on the schedule for his trips to Spain and Italy, saying “the agenda is still being planned.”

The president’s announcement stirred criticism from opposition parties, who already have spoken out against Solís’ trips in the first few months of his administration.

In the first seven months of his presidency, Solís traveled to the United States, Canada, Panama and El Salvador. This year he has traveled to Brazil, Mexico, China and Bolivia.

As president-elect, Solís traveled to several Central American countries, except Nicaragua.

On Monday, Rolando González, the National Liberation Party’s top lawmaker, said he believes Solís should focus more on domestic politics.

Costa Rica has been working to bring its public institutions up to speed with OECD standards, including passage of tax and financial transparency legislation in 2012 that removed the country from the Paris-based organization’s tax haven list.

The OECD has 34 members states, mostly from Europe and North America. Chile and Mexico are currently the only Latin American OECD member states.

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David Sanchez

Honestly in my personal opinion: To me the worst administration from the begging to the end, it was Laura Chinchilla’s. I do see more things getting done in this past year that in the 12 years of PLN on the government. Agreed about Europe and the mess in there.

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…all presidents were unable to lead a country well. Why should Solis be an exception?

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I wonder if President Solis really knows that Costa Ricans feel he is not getting what is going on in CR. I think this Europe trip is just more BS and a waste of time and money. Europe is a mess and the president of CR wants to go visit a mess. Solis Chief of staff was just on Channel 7 and didn´t even know the people in congress. The president should know there are lots of CR are waiting 5 years to get an operation from the corupt CAJA. I thinks its time that maybe President Solis start think about Costa Rican and not the rest of the world. I really wish Melvin Jimenez the chief of staff would quit he seem useless to fix any problems in CR.

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