Saturday, May 30th 2015 - 10:03 UTC

Mercosur/EU officials will assess trade talks in Brussels on 11 June

Malmstrom “has invited Mercosur members for a meeting on 11 June”, indicated the European Commission spokesperson

Mercosur foreign ministers will be meeting in June with the European Union Trade Commissionaire Cecilia Malmstrom to 'assess' the current negotiations for a comprehensive trade and cooperation agreement. The meeting in Brussels will be on the sidelines of the EU-Celac (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) summit, the first at ministerial level since January 2013

Tuesday, May 26th 2015 - 06:44 UTC

Argentina invokes unity and rejects proposal for a more 'flexible' Mercosur

'What is best for Mercosur is unity, keeping united and deciding together, each of us deciding on their own is disunity, disunity will never benefit Mercosur'

Brazil and Uruguay's plan for a more 'flexible' Mercosur to speed negotiations for an encompassing long delayed trade agreement with the European Union have stumbled with the first official reaction from Argentina, which does not agree with the tariffs' proposals policy or individual trade initiatives from member countries.

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.


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