Monday, January 28th 2013 - 06:27 UTC

Cristina Fernandez delaying Mercosur/EU discussions for a free trade agreement

Argentine president Cristina Fernandez downplayed immediate discussions for the trade and cooperation agreement between EU and Mercosur arguing that the South American block should elaborate and discuss new proposals to be presented to the Europe Union on the last quarter of this year.

The Argentine president addressing the summit

With her Brazilian peer Dilma Rousseff

The Argentine leader made the statements following a 40 minutes interview with her Brazilian peer Dilma Rousseff in the framework of the EU/CELAC summit in Santiago de Chile, which ended Sunday and ahead of the CELAC meeting which concludes on Monday.

“The meeting (with Dilma) was excellent but we are going to have further talks later”, said President Cristina Fernandez on leaving the hotel where Ms Rousseff is staying.

“Negotiations with the European Union can’t be based on 2004 decisions. We have to build a new scheme of premises, first intra Mercosur because we are not only Argentina and Brazil but also Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela and let’s not forget Paraguay is holding elections next April and in August will have new authorities”, said the Argentine leader.

“We need a Mercosur ad hoc intra committee to discuss and re-elaborate new proposals and a new offer to present in the last quarter of this year to the European Union” because in this new world “we have new protagonists and new trade terms”.

“There are emerging countries with an emerging industrial development which must face the consolidated development of the EU and we need to contemplate this so that the asymmetries are included and don’t harm our industry and above all our peoples” underlined Cristina Fernandez.

The Argentine president’s words followed on Germany’s Angela Merkel speech when she called for open markets, free trade to bring links between the EU and the region even closer, and to avoid protectionism in all its forms.

Merkel also underlined the significance of the trade and cooperation agreements the EU has signed with Chile, Peru, Colombia and Central America. With the exception of Chile all these accords started discussions well after the firsts rounds of talks with Mercosur in the nineties, and with no agreement reached yet.

Cristina Fernandez statements also contradict the consensus reached by Brazil and the EU during bilateral discussions held on Friday in Brasilia to ‘speed’ EU/Mercosur talks so as to sign an agreement as soon as possible.

The Argentine delegation to the summit included the ministers of Agriculture, Norberto Yahuar; Federal Planning, Julio De Vido; Industry, Debora Giorgi; Deputy ministers of Economy, Alex Kicilloff; Foreign Affairs, Eduardo Zuain and Foreign Trade Secretary Beatriz Paglieri.   


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1 Troy Tempest (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 07:14 am Report abuse
Sounds like pressure is building from Argentina's partners to stop scewing around and get onboard.

Will Argentina's markets be in jeopardy if they don't comply?

That can't be good...
2 LEPRecon (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 08:53 am Report abuse
Maybe Dilma has threatened to suspend Argentina from Mercosur if she doesn't fall in line.

That will pave the way for the rest of Mercosur to trade to their hearts content, while Argentina slips further into oblivion.
3 Welsh Wizard (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 09:23 am Report abuse
This doesn't fit with “the model”
4 Troy Tempest (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 09:43 am Report abuse

“Maybe Dilma has threatened to suspend Argentina from Mercosur if she doesn't fall in line.”

Perhaps Paraguay can have Argentinas place in Mercosur?
5 agent999 (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 09:51 am Report abuse
She still has this insane belief that all of the LATAM countries will do what ever she says!
6 ChrisR (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 11:23 am Report abuse
TMBOA is doing her usual 'I am in charge act' by the look of it.

Just when is any other president in Mercosur going to 'bitch slap' her and put her in her rightful place: at the back of everyone else.
7 ElaineB (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 11:38 am Report abuse
I think they know she is on her way out. They just have to endure her madness a little longer - whilst ignoring her requests - and play the long game.
8 Clyde15 (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 12:10 pm Report abuse
Dilma's peer ? Rather fanciful I think !
9 yankeeboy (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 12:10 pm Report abuse
I am with Elaine, I think EVERYONE knows the country is on the verge of collapse and CFK will be out as soon as it does. Everyone is just playing the waiting game including CFK.
10 Welsh Wizard (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 12:25 pm Report abuse
@9 I think you're wrong. She believes wholeheartedly in what she is doing.
11 yankeeboy (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 12:34 pm Report abuse
20. I meant with Paris Club, NY Courts, IMF, ICSID she is painfully dragging it out either thinking it will all just go away or hoping she'll be gone before it all blows up in her face.
Frankly, I see her being dragged through the streets like Mussolini as soon as the peso is 10/1 because at that point inflation will be at least 100%/yr.
12 ElaineB (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 12:54 pm Report abuse
@10 Yes, everyone except CFKC and probably Fat Max in a moment when he isn't high. I think the people around her can see it too. Give a few more months and they will be putting space between her and them.
13 yankeeboy (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 01:01 pm Report abuse
My Rg friends said watch for the 1st minister to resign then it will be like Rats abandoning the ship.
14 Welsh Wizard (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 01:28 pm Report abuse
@11 And it will be blamed absolutely on the IMF, Paris Club, UCSID and you'll see that this “model” will be used in Argentina in the future by peronists as the way forward. Afterall, Peronism is still going as people have forgotten that, for these policies to work, you need a lot a free money (or in the case of Peron, gold from those exterminated in death camps during WWII). Remember, this is Argentina and, for all its good points, a general understanding of economics isn't one of them....
15 reality check (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 01:33 pm Report abuse
All the assets that Argentina has as a country and what does it achieve? It's like god gave them the parts for a Ferarri and they assembled a model T Ford.
16 Baxter (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 02:05 pm Report abuse
I am so pleased that she remembered Paraguay ! What will she , and her henchmen do , if a sensible , pro USA , pro business and disidainfull of left wingers wins ?
17 yankeeboy (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 02:41 pm Report abuse
16. I don't follow Paraguay politics is that even possible?
I would love to see a HUGE expansion of the USA base there!!
18 GeoffWard2 (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 03:14 pm Report abuse
It will not be an easy ride.
We can see this in the UK where the country has been bankrupted by Blair and Brown Labour governments;
any administation following this period of wilful profligacy has to try and make good an economic bomb-site.
It will be in the interests of the Peronistas - like the British Labour Party - to focus on the woes of the present struggling administration and steadfastly avoid comment on their absolute responsibility for their respective disasters.
19 Anbar (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 05:54 pm Report abuse
“”“” It's like god gave them the parts for a Ferarri and they assembled a model T Ford.“”“”

peronism in a nutshell
20 Simon68 (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 05:59 pm Report abuse
15 reality check (#)
Jan 28th, 2013 - 01:33 pm

I think the model T Ford is an exaggeration, it should be:

“It's like god gave them the parts for a Ferarri and they assembled a monocycle, all other parts sold off to put money in CFK's bank account”!!!!!!!!
21 Troy Tempest (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 06:10 pm Report abuse

Good to see you here.

As an educated, responsible, real Argentinian, would you mind setting PH straight on a few of the recent threads.
He would give the audience the impression that speaking as a 'real' Argentinian, he fully supports CFK's economic model.

Since he lives in Canada and has taken to spamming several threads, it would be good to put his comments in perspective.
22 Ayayay (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 06:37 pm Report abuse
She looks good there.
23 briton (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 07:45 pm Report abuse
And once again CFK will fxck it up,

until the others force her to shut up and sign,

So shut up and sign.
24 Brit Bob (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 08:49 pm Report abuse
30% inflation your having a laugh

Having to lease a charter plane for fear of Tango One being impounded you're having a laugh

INDEC's inflation figures, you're having a laugh

102nd place in the World's transparency index, you're having a laugh

Argentina AD 2013 - Chuckle Chuckle.
25 redpoll (#) Jan 28th, 2013 - 11:53 pm Report abuse
Simon as to setting straight Alex Vargas aka Pirate dont bother. Its not worth the trouble. As an illegal immigrant in Canada the Mounties are on his track and he will shortly be deported back to his lovely Mendoza
26 Ayayay (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 02:16 am Report abuse
A hike of 28% Is that the 'real' anticipated inflation, or is this an actual gift?
27 The Chilean perspective (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 02:19 am Report abuse
Very old picture of CFK. She looks like this now
Still OK I suppose since she turns 60 in Feb.
28 Nostrolldamus the 8th (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 02:34 am Report abuse
Argentina does not want nor need free trade with a loser continent of broke consumers, with 26% unemployment, people with jobs earning 300 Euros a month, triple-dip recessions, and massive agricultural subsidies.... fail.

The rest of Latin America can go ahead, I don't think its right we should temporize their wishes if that's what they want, but let me remind you there is no free trade with the European and Americans, only one way trade... they dump their Third rate products to you, they ban yours on “health” concerns.

Cheaters the lot of them. Argentina will do fine without them.
29 Great Britain (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 04:07 am Report abuse
Nostro - you're actually the most intelligent Pero.. sorry “Kirchnerist” poster here, and as I have said before to you, it brings me great pleasure to know that you are far too intelligent to believe half of what you say.

It might be comforting to tell yourself that you can be independent, the model exists for you, North Korea but with a fascist government instead, sounds lovely - good luck with that - even if your singular objective was to farm you'd fail (lack of fertilizer / diesel) , anyway, despite your “isolationist” desires you've always got those wonderful Iranians to help you form “truth committees”. You must feel so proud that you've correctly identified another global pariah to be BFF's with - you can share stories of hyperinflation while you establish your next holo.. *cough* truth committee.

C'mon, give it up, let go of the pretense and accept that this current state of affairs is a million-miles away from what you really want : )
30 mastershakejb (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 07:35 am Report abuse
You Argie commenters BETTER be present on this Mercopress website when Argentina next collapses (VERY soon) and re-defaults and Cristina escapes in helicopter and you start blaming Britain and USA for installing Cristina as a puppet to destroy Argentina.
I want you to read my comments that will read something like this, “LLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLL” as I'm laughing my head off while you dig through trashes in search for food and club each other over your heads to steal a couple of US dollars off each other.
All I'm sayin is, be present to read my massive laughter, my sides are gonna burst from hours of continuous laughter, and you better love it!
m/ !
31 briton (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 01:28 pm Report abuse
Argentina does not want nor need free trade with a loser continent

yet every day, they talk.

thank god 28 aint running things .

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