President Luis Guillermo Solís is going to Europe this week along with key ministers.
The main reason is a summit between the European Union and the Comunidad Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños in Brussels, Beglium. But the officials also will visit France, Holland and Switzerland and meet the leaders of Brazil and Germany, Casa Presidencial said.
The official visit starts Thursday when Solís calls on François Hollande, the French president, in Paris. Among other requests, Casa Presidencial said that Solís will ask Hollande for academic scholarships, help in strengthening French language training here and scientific cooperation.
Solís also is expected to promote the country as a destination for French tourists.
Friday afternoon Solís will visit the Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development to promote the acceptance of the country as a member. He also will be involved in a forum on emerging markets in Latin America, Casa Presidencial said.
Also in Paris, Solís is expected to meet with Irina Bokova, the head of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The subject then will be money for training involving communities near archaeological sites, such as the one in Palmar Sur where the pre-Colombian stone spheres are located.
While in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday Solís will be meeting with a host of United Nations officials.
Solís will meet with Ángela Merkel, the German chancellor, in Brussels June 10, where he is expected to seek help for improving education, including instruction in the German language. He also will meet with Dilma Rousseff, the president of Brazil.
Casa Presidencial said that one goal will be to encourage Brazilian officials to remove Costa Rica from that country’s list of tax paradises.
Casa Presidencial said that in every meeting Solís will bring up the situation of Nicaragua’s invasion of a small part of the northeast part of Costa Rica.
That situation has been going on for years, and Costa Rica has presented a case in the International Court of Justice. The court said May 1 the presentations of the case are completed and that the justices will begin deliberations.
With Solís will be Manuel A. González , the minister of Relaciones Exteriores y Culto, and Alexander Mora, the minister of Comercio Exterior.