MercoPress is an independent news agency which focuses on delivering news related to Mercosur-member countries, covering an area of influence which includes the South Atlantic and insular territories.
Based in Montevideo, Uruguay, it leverages the citie’s double advantage of housing the administrative headquarters for Mercosur as well as being a historic port of access to the South Atlantic and the vast marine and mineral resources of an area locked by Africa, America and Antarctica.
With this purpose in mind, MercoPress offers an update of the main events which model the integration process, its influence on the main players of the region as well as the relations with other economic-political spaces. Particular attention is given to developments in the South Atlantic.
Mercosur, at present, is made up of the four founding countries from 1991: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. Since 2008, Venezuela, Chile and Bolivia are associate members. Besides, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia have expressed their desire to join the group but are to a certain extent limited by their own Andean Nations Community. Mexico has also expressed an interest.
Mercosur, as a group, has ongoing trade and cooperation negotiations with the European Union, and less advanced ones with China, India, and South Africa.