Mercosur

Mercosur
Tuesday, June 28th 2016 - 06:28 UTC

Mercosur presidential summit off, but chair transfer to Venezuela will be done at foreign ministers' level

“There won't be any presidential summit, but yes the Mercosur chair transfer to Venezuela for the next six months will take place”, pointed out the two ministers

Mercosur presidential summit next July in Montevideo has been cancelled, but the six-month presidency of the group, currently held by Uruguay will be transferred as scheduled to Venezuela, although some conditions of the event are “pending discussion”, said on Monday foreign ministers Susana Malcorra and host Rodolfo Nin Novoa.

Monday, June 27th 2016 - 08:01 UTC

Temer will be absent from Mercosur summit; displeasure with Venezuela

Temer ”does not wish to participate in the solemnity of the event when Venezuela takes over the Mercosur presidency “according to sources in Folha de Sao Paulo.

Brazilian interim president Michel Temer will be absent from the next Mercosur summit scheduled to take place in Montevideo, and this decision is considered a strong message to the Venezuelan government of president Nicolas Maduro that will be taking the group's chair for the next six months.

Saturday, June 25th 2016 - 11:29 UTC

UK´s Leave vote is of great concern for Argentina, admits Malcorra

“We are seeing a great shock to world institutions, a very strong blow”, but Malcorra insisted “nothing is going to happen, the exit will be a very slow process”.

The exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union is of most concern to the administration of Argentine president Mauricio Macri, said foreign minister Susana Malcorra. “It is a shock for world institutions”, but it's too early to gauge the impact on the Falklands/Malvinas discussions.

Tuesday, June 21st 2016 - 07:29 UTC

Brazil slams Mercosur policies of 'populist governments”; proposes a more flexible working accord

 Serra pointed out it was not Brazil's intention to exterminate Mercosur, rather “we want deeper investment policies and physical integration”

Brazil wants a more flexible dynamic Mercosur which allows member countries to reach autonomous agreements with third parties, that can help overcome the de-industrialization process suffered by recent “populist governments”, said Brazilian foreign minister in a speech to the Sao Paulo State Federation of Industries, FIESP.

Thursday, June 16th 2016 - 07:25 UTC

Macri attends economic forum in Colombia; reaffirms Argentina's commitment to the Pacific Alliance

“Mercosur needs a greater integration dynamics and must be open to work with other regional blocks such as the Pacific Alliance”, Macri said at the Nariño Palace.

Argentine president Mauricio Macri said Mercosur needs “a greater integration dynamics” and defended the idea that the Atlantic regional block country members work to reach agreements with countries of the Pacific Alliance.

Tuesday, June 14th 2016 - 08:40 UTC

Venezuela opposition leader in Latin American tour in search for support

 Capriles called on UNASUR and MERCOSUR to back his side's constitutional efforts to remove Maduro via a recall referendum.

One of Venezuelan top opposition leader on Monday launched a tour of Latin American countries to rally support for his side in its bid to remove President Nicolas Maduro from office. Henrique Capriles, a senior figure in the opposition MUD coalition, was in Paraguay, Argentina and planned to move on to Brazil.

Monday, June 13th 2016 - 17:20 UTC

Chilean salmon industry controversy over the use of antibiotics

Figures from 46 salmon companies, operating in freshwater and the sea, pushed the consumption rate per ton of salmon to its highest point: 660 grams per ton.

The use of antibiotics in the Chilean salmon industry reached 557 tons in 2015, according to the latest report of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (SERNAPESCA), a figure consolidating the tendency to their intensive use over the past five years.

Friday, June 10th 2016 - 09:54 UTC

Brazil and Paraguay 'deeply' concerned with the economic and human rights condition in Venezuela

Paraguay's Loizaga held his first round of talks with Serra, after having been received by Brazilian interim president Michel Temer.

Brazil and Paraguay foreign ministers Jose Serra and Eladio Loizaga expressed “deep concern” with the Venezuela crisis situation, particularly the “economic and human rights continued deterioration”, and reiterated their two countries willingness to cooperate and promote dialogue.

Monday, June 6th 2016 - 11:07 UTC

Uruguay will hand the Mercosur rotating chair to Venezuela in July and defies OAS chief proposal

President Tabare Vazquez emphasized that Uruguay's position remains as expressed in the 'dialogue' statement shared with Argentina, Chile and Colombia.

Uruguay will hand over the chair of Mercosur to Venezuela at the end of July, as indicated by the organization's calendar, and does not support the implementation of the Democratic clause against the government of president Nicolas Maduro, as sponsored by OAS secretary general, Luis Almagro a former Uruguayan foreign minister.

Friday, June 3rd 2016 - 08:41 UTC

Brazil wants Venezuela out of the Mercosur rotating chair

Maduro's Venezuela is scheduled to take the Mercosur chair at the summit scheduled for the end of the month

Brazilian government would like to block Venezuela from taking the rotating presidency of Mercosur later this month, a move to further debilitate Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro's power, according to Planalto sources close to interim president Michel Temer, who admitted the proposal has yet to be discussed with other members.

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