EU considering a new round of discussions with Mercosur before end of 2012
The European Union - Mercosur trade negotiations calendar has been delayed and its full resumption is expected to take place in September or soon after, reports the EU press office in Montevideo.
However a round of EU/Mercosur discussions originally scheduled to take place this month “has been delayed until at least next September”, added the press office.
Earlier this week the EU Parliament sent a fact finding in situ delegation of MEPs to assess and later report on the Paraguayan situation.
The delegation included MEP Luis Yañez-Barnuevo from Spain who acted as a spokesperson for the group.
“We hope that the next elections will be held in a framework of social peace, respect for human rights and transparency. We are here to help promote dialogue and social peace and if Paraguay requests the presence of EU observers we will consider it and assess the possibility of sending a mission”, underlined Yañez-Barnuevo”.
Finally the Spanish MEP pledged that the EU will maintain its support and cooperation programs with Paraguay.
As a consequence of the current situation Mercosur has suspended full member Paraguay until next year’s elections, meaning they will not attend any EU discussions until then.