Thursday, July 2nd 2015 - 06:13 UTC

Mercosur summit will establish 'action plan' to speed discussions with Europe

“Discussions with the EU continue to advance. We're planning a meeting next September between Mercosur members”, said Nin Novoa

The Mercosur Council will establish an “action plan” at the next Mercosur presidential summit scheduled for 16/17 July in Brasilia, when the group's chair for the next six months will be handed to Paraguay by Brazil. Other issues on the agenda besides making Mercosur more flexible include addressing the 'special regimes' and the 'free trade zones' in the area, revealed Uruguay's foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa.

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015 - 07:43 UTC

Uruguay and Paraguay meet to talk about Mercosur, ports and energy

Horacio Cartes was in Montevideo last March when the inauguration of President Tabare Vazquez

Mercosur, ports, energy, trade are among the issues in the agenda that Paraguayan president Horacio Cartes will consider with his counterpart Tabare Vazquez when he makes a one day visit on Thursday to Montevideo, according to the Uruguayan ambassador in Asunción Federico Perazza, ahead of the meeting.

Thursday, June 18th 2015 - 07:08 UTC

Mercosur/EU hope 'for positive news in third quarter' despite members' domestic problems

Sendic revealed that not only Argentina has 'difficulties' for a Mercosur/EU accord: the same can be said of several European countries

The European Union also has difficulties in completing a draft proposal of goods and services to exchange with Mercosur in the search for a long delayed trade agreement between the two blocks, revealed Uruguayan vice-president Raul Sendic during a report to the Senate on his recent 10/11 June trip to Brussels for the Celac/EU summit. However in “the third quarter of the year there should be positive news”.

Friday, June 12th 2015 - 05:05 UTC

Rousseff denies being upset with Argentina over Mercosur and trade policies

“It is very important that Mercosur stays together. Argentina is a great partner, and we have definitely not lost patience with Argentina” said Rousseff

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff stated on Thursday in Brussels she was not upset by differences with Argentina over the trade agreement Mercosur is to sign with the European Union, despite president Cristina Fernandez administration's cold feet on the issue.

Thursday, June 11th 2015 - 04:13 UTC

Timerman waters down Mercosur/EU agreement expectations

Timerman said Argentina favored an agreement, “as long as it is beneficial for both sides and does not sacrifice one single job in Argentina.”

Argentine Foreign minister Hector Timerman affirmed that a trade deal would not be signed between Mercosur and the European Union (EU) in the second summit of the Community of Latin American States (CELAC) and the European body, which is taking place in the Belgian city of Brussels.

Thursday, June 11th 2015 - 00:41 UTC

Mercosur ready to deliver its proposal for the trade agreement with EU

“I told PM Michel that Brazil and Mercosur are ready to present their trade proposal to the EU in the coming days or weeks” underlined Rousseff

Mercosur is ready to deliver its proposal on goods, services and tariff reductions as part of the negotiations with the European Union for a trade and cooperation agreement, said Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday, following a meeting in Brussels with Charles Michel, Belgium's Prime minister.

Thursday, June 11th 2015 - 00:29 UTC

Bolivia's Morales does not support Mercosur/EU deal based on 'competitive' trade

“Trade must be focused on solidarity and not in competitiveness if we really want to end poverty”, insisted the president of Bolivia

Bolivian president Evo Morales said that if Mercosur insists in forging a trade agreement with the European Union, Bolivia will have to 'withdraw“, because ”we support solidarity and not competitive trade”. Morales is in Brussels attending the EU/Celac heads of government and state summit which takes off on Thursday.

Wednesday, June 10th 2015 - 06:53 UTC

Uruguay says Brazil and Paraguay are ready to sign trade accord with Europe

“Uruguay's position is well known regarding a free trade agreement between Mercosur and the European Union”, underlined Tabare Vazquez

Uruguayan president Tabare Vazquez said that Uruguay, Brazil and Paraguay are ready to sign the long delayed trade and cooperation agreement between Mercosur and the European Union. Such an agreement has become one of the cornerstones of Vazquez presidency faced with falling exports and limited markets.

Tuesday, June 9th 2015 - 08:20 UTC

Brazil determined to advance Mercosur/EU trade talks in this week's meeting

“Mercosur can't become an impediment for  Brazil to try other forms of insertion in other economic blocks”, underlined Monteiro

A top Brazilian minister said that Mercosur must allow member countries to sign trade agreements with third parties and called for the end to the rule which prevents such initiative. Development, Industry and Trade minister Armando Monteiro Neto made the statement during a competitiveness seminar in Rio do Janeiro a couple of days ahead of a crucial meeting in Brussels between Mercosur representatives and the European Union to address an encompassing free trade agreement.

Monday, June 8th 2015 - 09:11 UTC

Uruguay's vice-president travels to Brussels to advance Mercosur/EU trade talks

“The Uruguayan government has great interest in advancing in accords between Latin America and the Caribbean with the EU” said Sendic.

Uruguay's vice-president Raúl Sendic and Foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa will be attending this week's summit of EU and Celac leaders scheduled in Brussels, which will also address in the sidelines, current EU/Mercosur negotiations for a wide ranging trade agreement.


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