Tag: Paraguay

Paraguay
Saturday, December 12th 2015 - 02:55 UTC

All presidents confirmed attendance of Mercosur summit, including Macri and Maduro

Paraguay's Cartes will be handing the Mercosur chair for the next six months to Uruguay's Tabare Vazquez

The presidents of Mercosur member-countries have confirmed attendance to the group's summit scheduled for next 21 December and hosted by Paraguay, the country that currently holds the rotating chair, according to diplomatic sources in Asuncion.

Friday, December 4th 2015 - 05:55 UTC

Mercosur waiting for EU proposal; summit to be held at Conmebol convention centre

“It's the European Commission that has to say when; the ball is on their side, if they decide to advance” Mercosur is ready said Rigoberto Gauto

Mercosur is waiting for the European Union to decide when to begin the exchange of tariff-reduction proposals with the purpose of reaching an encompassing trade and cooperation agreement, despite France's objections to the move, said Rigoberto Gauto, Paraguay's deputy foreign minister. Paraguay currently holds the Mercosur chair and leads negotiations with Brussels.

Monday, November 30th 2015 - 07:51 UTC

EU hopes Macri's election will give new impetus to trade talks with Mercosur

“All member states believe we are seeing a new wind blowing in Latin America,” Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn

The European Union said it hopes the election of a centre-right government in Argentina will give new impetus to stalled talks on a free trade pact with Mercosur, the Latin American bloc.

Wednesday, November 25th 2015 - 08:22 UTC

Mercosur ready to begin political negotiations for the trade agreement with the European Union

“Mercosur transmitted in Brussels its political decision to begin those negotiations. The ball in now in the EU court”, said Loizaga

Mercosur is only waiting for the European Union to begin the political negotiations on the long delayed overall trade agreement, announced Paraguay's foreign minister Eladio Loizaga in Asunción, just back from Brussels where he met with EU and Belgian officials.

Wednesday, November 18th 2015 - 07:24 UTC

Setback for president Cartes: center-left coalition takes control of Paraguay's capital Asunción

TV presenter Mario Ferreiro defeated incumbent Arnaldo Samaniego (R) 50.99% to 40.56%, according to official results with all ballots counted.

Paraguay’s ruling conservative party lost the mayor’s office in the capital Asunción on Sunday in a surprise midterm setback for President Horacio Cartes. Popular TV presenter Mario Ferreiro defeated incumbent Arnaldo Samaniego of the president’s Colorado party, 50.99% to 40.56%, according to official results with all ballots counted.

Wednesday, November 4th 2015 - 08:18 UTC

Mercosur summit on 21 December; Uruguay takes the helm for next six months

The announcement was done by Paraguayan foreign minister Eladio Loizaga following a meeting with the ambassadors from the group's member countries

Mercosur heads of state next summit is scheduled for 21 December in Asunción, Paraguay, the country currently holding the group's chair. At the meeting the six-month rotating chair will be handed to Uruguay for the first half of 2016.

Wednesday, October 21st 2015 - 06:45 UTC

Mercosur and EU closer to begin negotiations; exchange of proposals will be under reserve

Loizaga said negotiations are always closed, “but we will make them public once proposals are exchanged and talks begin”

Once Mercosur and the European Union conclude their exchange of goods and tariff reduction proposals for the long awaited trade agreement, contents of the deal will be kept in reserve while negotiations are ongoing, with no access to media or public opinion, anticipated Paraguayan foreign minister Eladio Loizaga.

Friday, October 2nd 2015 - 05:58 UTC

Mercosur and EU analyze 'level of ambition' of their trade proposals

The two-day talks are scheduled to end on Friday and on the EU side are headed by Rupert Schlegelmilch, who is a Director of the EU Trade Department

Technical delegates from Mercosur and the European Union are holding a round of talks in Asunción to consider 'levels of ambition' for the coming exchange of tariff proposals with the purpose of reaching a much delayed free trade agreement, said Paraguayan Deputy Economic Relations minister, Rigoberto Gauto.

Friday, September 25th 2015 - 07:26 UTC

Argentina remains 'reluctant' and has 'reserves' about a trade accord Mercosur/ Europe

Argentina was 'very defensive' during the talks and foreign minister Hector Timerman abandoned the ministry by a side door

Mercosur foreign ministers meeting held this week in Paraguay to decide on the proposal to present the European Union for a trade agreement, apparently was not as “satisfactory” as announced because of Argentina's reluctance and 'reserves' about opening its market to the EU.

Wednesday, September 9th 2015 - 07:29 UTC

Paraguay refuses to acknowledge US$ 85m debt from dictator's time

“There is a position to repudiate this debt and we will defend it strongly,” Attorney General Roberto Moreno told a press conference

Paraguay’s three branches of government agreed on Monday that Asuncion bears no obligation to repay $85 million borrowed by a representative of the late Gen. Alfredo Stroessner during the waning years of the 1954-1989 military regime.

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