Tag: Mercosur

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Saturday, May 28th 2016 - 06:38 UTC

UK and Eire farmers warn about falling farm-gate prices, and celebrate exclusion of Mercosur beef

NFUS livestock committee chairman Charlie Adam said that processors must start working with farmer representatives, rather than dictating to them

Following a meeting to discuss common concerns, the British Isles' farming unions – NFU Scotland, the English NFU, NFU Cymru, the Ulster Farmers Union and the Irish Farmers Association – issued a joint statement warning buyers that the downward pressure on farm-gate prices was “sapping confidence” out of the sector.

Friday, May 27th 2016 - 08:04 UTC

Paraguay requests meeting of Mercosur foreign ministers to address Venezuela situation

Foreign minister Eladio Loizaga said he had received precise instructions from president Horacio Cartes to ask for the Mercosur foreign ministers meeting.

Paraguay formally requested on Thursday a meeting of Mercosur foreign ministers to address the situation in Venezuela which is undergoing a critical political, social and economic scenario. The request was presented to Uruguay which currently holds the chair of the trade block made up of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Wednesday, May 25th 2016 - 06:18 UTC

Venezuela next Mercosur chair, but Uruguay will continue leading negotiations with EU

President Nicolas Maduro is accused of impeding a recall referendum which has the support of two thirds of Venezuelans, according to the latest opinion polls.

Venezuela, in the midst of a most serious domestic political and economic situation, and with less foreign allies is scheduled to take the chair of Mercosur as of next June for the following six months. However it has been agreed that Uruguay will continue leading Mercosur negotiations with the European Union for a much delayed wide ranging cooperation and trade agreement.

Tuesday, May 24th 2016 - 08:18 UTC

Brazil and Argentina to work together to help find a solution to Venezuela

“We're on alert when it comes to Venezuela. Brazil and Argentina have an interest that includes mediation,” Brazilian Foreign Minister Jose Serra said

Brazil and Argentina will work together to help find a solution to Venezuela's political crisis, Brazil's acting foreign minister said on Monday. Venezuela is facing a severe economic crisis, with the world's highest inflation and shortages. Polls indicate most Venezuelans want President Nicolas Maduro out of office.

Monday, May 23rd 2016 - 12:14 UTC

Argentina, one of Brazil´s main foreign policy priorities, anticipated Serra who is expected in Buenos Aires

Malcorra and Serra spoke on the phone soon after Temer took office in Brazil.

Argentina will be one of the main priorities for Brazil’s interim government under President Michel Temer, declared foreign minister José Serra who is expected this Monday in Buenos Aires for his first overseas trip. He is also anticipated a review and redraw of Mercosur plus agreements with the US, European Union and Japan.

Friday, May 13th 2016 - 06:27 UTC

Uruguay says beef and ethanol are included in Mercosur/EU proposals, but with no volumes or time span

Nin Novoa said beef and methanol were not specified, in volume or time periods, for the moment given the sensitivity of the issues.

Uruguay's foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa said on Thursday that all agriculture products are included in negotiations for a wide ranging trade and cooperation agreement between Mercosur and the European Union. The chief negotiator for Mercosur underlined that contrary to what was announced by some media, beef and ethanol are included in the proposals exchanged on Wednesday in Brussels between the two blocks.

Thursday, May 12th 2016 - 04:42 UTC

EU and Mercosur exchanged market access offers; beef and ethanol excluded as 'sensitive' products

Negotiators, for EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and for Mercosur, Uruguay's foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa, made the exchange in Brussels

Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and the Foreign Affairs Minister of Uruguay Rodolfo Nin Novoa, on Wednesday exchanged EU and Mercosur offers on access to their respective markets of goods, services and establishment and government procurement. However this first exchange excluded 'sensitive' items such as beef and ethanol, according to EU sources. The details of the documents exchanged were not made public.

Thursday, May 5th 2016 - 05:17 UTC

The Falklands/Malvinas 'pending issue' will be addressed by Malcorra in London beginning with confidence building

“The 'pending issue' will surely be part of the discussions we are going to hold in London, but I'm not forecasting anything spectacular”, said Malcorra. (Pic TELAM)

Argentine foreign minister Susana Malcorra said she plans to meet with British officials to address a multiple agenda and a “pending issue”, in the framework of a transparency meeting scheduled to take place in London.

Wednesday, May 4th 2016 - 08:26 UTC

Irish farmers will march against Mercosur deal at the EC offices in Dublin

ICSA is focusing on EU Commission in response to what it says is the excessively weak negotiating position taken by Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) is to protest on Wednesday May 4, in Dublin against the proposed Mercosur and TTIP trade deals. The protest will take place outside the offices of the European Commission in the Irish capital.

Friday, April 29th 2016 - 05:44 UTC

Mercosur unmoved by Rousseff''s invocation of the “democratic clause”

Argentina said it is most respectful of the Brazilian constitutional process

“We respect the Brazilian constitutional process” and thus Argentina does not have plans to follow on president Dilma Rousseff announcement that she will appeal to Mercosur to implement the “democratic clause” if the impeachment process to remove the head of state from office advances in the country's Senate.

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