Tuesday, June 10th 2014 - 08:25 UTC

EU waiting for a signal from Mercosur for the trade deal, says Brussels official

Christian Leffler attended the OAS assembly in Paraguay

“There is no sense in holding discussions if both sides are not ready” and there are no dates for a meeting of European Union and Mercosur negotiators, revealed the EU External Action Service Director Christian Leffler who nevertheless expects a positive result in the near future.

Friday, May 23rd 2014 - 10:36 UTC

European lawmakers warn about the impact of a EU/Mercosur accord

MEP Harkin believes Barroso will force the hand after the EU elections

European Parliament lawmakers Marian Harkin and Pat The Cope Gallagher have issued strong warnings of soundings coming from Europe of a potential Mercosur trade deal, particularly European Commission President Barroso intention of having the agreement signed before he steps down from office.

Tuesday, May 20th 2014 - 07:31 UTC

Venezuelan situation impedes Mercosur summit to take place in Caracas, says Almargo

Almagro stated that Venezuela has other priorities such as the peace dialogue and the social situation

Uruguay Foreign Affairs minister Luis Almagro said that the political situation in Venezuela makes it quite improbable that the three-times postponed and since delayed Mercosur summit can effectively take place in Caracas sometime in the next two months.

Thursday, May 15th 2014 - 07:16 UTC

Mujica admits Mercosur problems but praises Brazil's open market attitude

The Uruguayan president next to the World Bank's Jorge Familiar  and CNN's Juan Carlos Lopez

In a 'dialogue without ties' at the World Bank President Jose Mujica said that Uruguay is a 'frontier country' which history did not want it to belong to any of the two big neighbors (Argentina and Brazil) so that the Atlantic ocean would not be left to an only country.

Friday, May 9th 2014 - 06:47 UTC

Brazil says Mercosur/EU to meet in Brussels at the end of May for trade talks

Minister Borges also announced that Mercosur will hold a preparatory meeting in Caracas, next week

At the end of May Mercosur will be ready to exchange tariff-reduction proposals with the European Union, announced Brazilian Industry minister Mauro Borges who also anticipated the trade block would be holding a preparatory meeting next week in Caracas, Venezuela.

Friday, May 2nd 2014 - 09:03 UTC

Brazil confirms Mercosur/EU are ready to exchange proposals in a month's time

Minister Borges and Vice-president Astori on the same line of thinking: a EU/Mercosur agreement is crucial

Brazil confirmed this week that for the end of May or early June, Mercosur will be presenting its joint tariff-reduction proposal to the European Union for the conclusion of an ambitious, but long delayed, cooperation and trade agreement.

Monday, April 28th 2014 - 08:01 UTC

Montevideo expected to host Mercosur two in one summits next August

Apparently President Mujica has been making the contacts to formalize the summit

Montevideo will be hosting the much delayed Mercosur (December) summit sometime next August as part of the 'normalization ' process, according to sources from the Uruguayan foreign ministry following revelations that negotiations with that purpose have been ongoing for several months now.

Friday, April 25th 2014 - 10:33 UTC

Paraguay's private sector insists in joining the Pacific Alliance

Eduardo Filippo and German Ruiz, insist that Paraguay and the Alliance members economies are complementary

Paraguay has an economy which is complementary to the Pacific Alliance block and has become a very interesting option to increase trade, argued the country's main business organizations, Paraguay's Industrial Union and the Paraguay Rural Association.

Friday, April 25th 2014 - 10:24 UTC

Despite all, Mercosur is “working normally”, says Paraguayan foreign minister

Loizaga admits that the summit to be hosted by Venezuela is still in the air

Paraguay's foreign minister Eladio Loizaga said that there is no date for the several times suspended Mercosur summit, but a technical meeting is scheduled for next week in Montevideo when the issue, among others will be addressed. Nevertheless he insisted that the different bodies of Mercosur “are working normally”.

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014 - 07:17 UTC

Mercosur agrees on joint trade proposal to exchange with Europe, announces Mujica

“Believe it or not” it was achieved and in two months will be presented said the Uruguayan leader

“It took time and effort, but believe it or not” in less than two months time, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay will be presenting their joint tariff reduction proposal to Europe for discussions on an ambitious Mercosur/EU cooperation and trade agreement that has been on the table since 1999, said President Jose Mujica.


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