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Montevideo, December 16th 2017 - 08:59 UTC


  • Thursday, March 23rd 2017 - 11:59 UTC

    Irish farmers' lobby wants beef out of Mercosur/EU trade talks

    Given what is known of the Brazilian meat scandal, ”I am firmly of the view that beef and meat generally may be off the agenda,” McGuinness said in Brussels

    First vice-president of the European Union Parliament Irish lawmaker Mairead McGuinness has asked EU Commissioners for agriculture and trade for clarity on allegations that Brazil has sold meat that is unfit for consumption.

  • Wednesday, March 22nd 2017 - 11:50 UTC

    Growing concern of Brazil' rotten meat scandal on the Mercosur/EU trade talks

    Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said the EU’s agricultural representative had called him by telephone and that they are due to meet to discuss the issue.

    European Union has insisted Brazilian representatives attend an emergency meeting to explain themselves regarding a scandal involving rotten meat and the country’s two largest exporters, JBS and BRF. Brazil has already announced that the 22 plants (out of over 4.000) allegedly involved in the scam have been closed.

  • Thursday, March 16th 2017 - 04:56 UTC

    Political seism in Brazil: prosecutor asks Supreme Court to open 83 new graft investigations

    Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot also requested that the Court send 211 other requests to lower courts based on testimony by executives of Odebrecht

    Brazil's top public prosecutor seismically expanded a corruption probe of the country's political establishment on Tuesday, asking the Supreme Court to open 83 new investigations of politicians named in explosive plea bargain testimony. Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot also requested that the Court send 211 other requests to lower courts based on much-anticipated testimony by executives of engineering group Odebrecht implicated in Brazil's biggest-ever graft scandal.

  • Wednesday, March 15th 2017 - 06:38 UTC

    Mercosur expects to sign a trade deal with the EU by year end taking advantage of Trump's isolationism

    “The U.S. withdrawal from agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership [TPP] and the Atlantic Alliance undoubtedly opens new opportunities for us,” Nunes said.

    Mercosur expects to sign a framework accord this year for a trade deal with the European Union as the U.S. shift to isolationism under President Donald Trump encourages it to look outside the hemisphere for opportunities, Brazil's foreign minister Aloysio Nunes said on Tuesday.

  • Friday, March 3rd 2017 - 11:48 UTC

    New Brazilian foreign minister no fan of Trump, but sponsors free trade, Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance

    After Trump's victory in November, Nunes went on Twitter to call the real estate mogul “the worst” of the Republican Party, “uncontrollable” and “exaggerated.”

    Brazil's president has picked as his new foreign minister a man who has sharply criticized U.S. President Donald Trump. President Michel Temer named Sen. Aloysio Nunes to the post Thursday to replace Jose Serra. Serra resigned last week for medical reasons. The appointment doesn't require congressional approval. Both Nunes and Serra belong to the center PSDB party, senior member of the ruling coalition.

  • Thursday, March 2nd 2017 - 07:17 UTC

    Falklands/UK RAF air bridge called at Brazilian airports, claims Argentina

    According to Malvinas Desk archives during 2015, there were 12 similar flights by the RAF calling in Brazil and which were detected by the Argentine Air Force.

    At least six Royal Air Force flights linking UK with Falklands' MPA, during 2016, called at Brazilian airports, claimed the Argentine foreign ministry Malvinas Desk based on information supplied by the country's Air Traffic Control office.

  • Tuesday, February 28th 2017 - 18:18 UTC

    Brazil manufacturers set up “maquila” assembly plants in neighboring Paraguay

    Dark-blue electric scooters assembled by 20 workers at the Estrela factory, known as a “maquila”, will be shipped across the Paraguay border to Brazil

    When toymaker Estrela decided to move manufacturing capacity back to Latin America from China, it sank US$ 2 million into a new factory not in its native Brazil - the region's largest economy - but in its tiny southern neighbor Paraguay. The plant, which opened this month in the border town of Hernandarias, stands near a 4,500-hectare industrial park filled with Brazilian companies making everything from auto parts to clothing.

  • Monday, February 20th 2017 - 11:20 UTC

    EFTA/Mercosur talks confirmed to begin next June in Buenos Aires

    Bilateral trade between the two blocks reached 8.7bn in 2015, when first contacts were started. In Davos Economic Forum the round of discussions was first agreed.

    The first round of formal trade negotiations between Mercosur and EFTA, European Free Trade Association, is scheduled to take place in Buenos Aires next June according to information from Brussels where there was a preliminary encounter between the two sides. “It will be in June, and talks will be at chief negotiators level”, confirmed EFTA and Mercosur sources.

  • Friday, February 17th 2017 - 09:43 UTC

    Mercosur begins trade talks with EFTA

    EFTA members are very much interested in an agreement with Mercosur anticipated Rigoberto Gauto

    Mercosur officially begins this Friday trade negotiations with the European Free Trade Association, EFTA, which brings together those countries that do not belong to the European Union, EU, that is Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, and that in a couple of years could see the UK, negotiating Brexit, joining.

  • Monday, February 13th 2017 - 09:20 UTC

    Mercosur/EU technical discussions in Brussels ahead of Buenos Aires meeting

    Earlier this month in Brasilia, presidents Mauricio Macri and Michel Temer agreed to give a new thrust to Mercosur trade negotiations with the European Union

    Mercosur representatives will be meeting their European Union counterparts this week, beginning Monday, in Brussels in anticipation of another round of trade and cooperation discussions scheduled for March in Buenos Aires. Mercosur members, under the coordination of Argentina, which currently holds the group's chair are attending with a common position reached after several days of videoconferences.