Mercosur

Mercosur
Monday, May 25th 2015 - 08:00 UTC

Brazil/Uruguay expect Paraguay to join in speeding Mercosur/EU negotiations

“In June we will be receiving Paraguay's president Cartes, and most certainly we will be addressing issues related to Mercosur”, said Tabare Vazquez

Uruguay will be hosting Paraguayan president Horacio Cartes in early June when he is expected to confirm' his country's support to Uruguay and Brazil in their renewed approach to accelerate negotiations for the signing of a full cooperation and free trade agreement with the European Union, which were started fifteen years ago.

Friday, May 22nd 2015 - 05:49 UTC

Brazil and Uruguay on an “urgent and necessary” redesign of Mercosur

Vazquez said it was necessary to grant member countries “certain degree of flexibility, so that those who wish can advance with other trade partners”

Uruguayan president Tabare Vazquez said it was “urgent and necessary” to redesign Mercosur so as to give its members greater 'trade flexibility'. Vazquez made the statements following Thursday meeting with his peer Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia and underlined “it would be naive to admit that Mercosur as it stands currently, is satisfactory”.

Thursday, May 21st 2015 - 07:27 UTC

Uruguay and Brazil summit to consider a more flexible Mercosur

“The presidents will discuss advances in the main bilateral integration projects and regional and multilateral issues, with emphasis on Mercosur”, said Brazil

Uruguayan president Tabare Vazquez will be meeting his peer, Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia this Thursday to address a dense bilateral agenda, and more specifically the workings and future of Mercosur, in search for a more flexible group, open to agreements with third parties.

Friday, May 15th 2015 - 07:53 UTC

Uruguay convinced Mercosur will be more flexible regarding trade accords with third parties

Uruguay believes there is a basic consensus to be more flexible in allowing Mercosur members to reach agreements with third parties, said Nin Novoa

Mercosur countries have reached a basic consensus to look for mechanisms that will allow individual members to negotiate trade agreements outside the block, announced Uruguay's foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa, who has been leading a strong campaign (with Brazilian support) on the issue.

Wednesday, May 13th 2015 - 08:05 UTC

Bolivia closer to Mercosur full membership; coming summit in Brasilia decisive

In April it was agreed that the Bolivian incorporation is to be ratified with a new protocol in which Paraguay figures as Mercosur full member

Bolivia is closer to becoming a full member of Mercosur following on Argentina's ratification of the Adhesion Protocol.

Tuesday, May 12th 2015 - 06:05 UTC

Argentine presidential election next 25 October and run-off 22 November

Daniel Scioli, Sergio Massa and Mauricio Macri are the hopefuls for next October

The Argentina government formally announced on Monday the primary and national elections calendar, which for the first time includes direct vote for representatives to the Mercosur parliament. Simultaneous primaries will be held on 9 August while the presidential election on 25 October.

Monday, May 11th 2015 - 10:16 UTC

Vazquez and Rousseff meeting will address Mercosur/EU trade negotiations

Mercosur members must have “the opportunity to reach bilateral agreements with other countries outside the region or other blocks”, said president Vazquez

Uruguay and Brazil presidents, scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting next 21 May in Brasilia will be addressing Mercosur issues, and advancing in the proposal that will allow the group's members to sign bilateral agreements with third parties not belonging to the region, thus avoiding the 'consensus' clause clamp.

Thursday, May 7th 2015 - 06:55 UTC

Brazil wants to review Mercosur 'liberty' rules; sends strong public message to Argentina

“We want to send a clear strong signal, particularly to Argentina, of the urgency to reach a trade agreement with the European Union”, underlined Monteiro

Brazil has proposed reviewing Mercosur rules so that its members can enjoy more 'liberty' to negotiate trade agreements with other blocks or third parties, because even when “Mercosur is an indissoluble marriage, this does mean that relations can't be discussed” and thus a 'different speeds' group should not be discarded.

Wednesday, May 6th 2015 - 07:04 UTC

Uruguay calls for an end to Mercosur 'hollow rhetoric' which undermines jobs

”We want to overcome the hollow rhetoric', said Nin Nova and demanding a rigorous chronogram of tariffs' progressive reduction

Uruguay's foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa called on Mercosur to overcome “hollow rhetoric” and advance towards the elimination of barriers which restrict access to other markets and intra-region trade.

Tuesday, May 5th 2015 - 10:01 UTC

Mercosur prepared to consider the possibility of a 'two-speed' system with EU

 “Some Mercosur members might be ready to begin negotiations with the EU, while the rest can join in time”, said Loizaga

Paraguay's foreign affairs minister Eladio Loizaga admitted in Madrid that Mercosur could consider the possibility of a “two-speed” system in trade and cooperation negotiations with the European Union. The minister was the main speaker at the event organized by Casa de America and the Spanish government news agency EFE.

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