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.

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”.


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