Tag: Paraguay

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.

Thursday, August 13th 2015 - 03:37 UTC

Mercosur's Paraguay meeting to iron out proposal to present to Europe

The meeting in Asunción will be headed by Rigoberto Gauto, who is currently the Mercosur coordinator since Paraguay holds this half year the rotating chair.

Technical teams from Mercosur country members are scheduled to meet next Tuesday in Paraguay to iron out the final proposal to be presented by the group to the European Union for the long delayed trade and cooperation agreement. The meeting in Asunción will be headed by Rigoberto Gauto, who is currently the Mercosur coordinator since Paraguay holds this half year the rotating chair.

Monday, July 13th 2015 - 06:36 UTC

Argentina' Cristina Fernandez flies to Paraguay meets Francis for the sixth time

The Argentine president had been invited by Paraguay's Cartés to attend the mass, and was the only regional head of state to visit Paraguay.

President Cristina Fernández was present on Sunday in the Paraguayan capital, Asunción to hear Pope Francis give mass during his visit, and greeted the Argentine citizens who had travelled to see the leader of the Catholic church. The head of state left the open mass at around midday, handing Francis a gift before retiring after witnessing the ceremony with Paraguayan counterpart Horacio Cartés.

Saturday, July 11th 2015 - 05:43 UTC

Francis calls on Paraguay to consolidate democracy and end corruption

Pope's reception included women dancing in long swaying dresses as Guarani music played and people dressed as saints were carried on platforms.

Pope Francis urged Paraguay to consolidate democracy and end corruption and drug trafficking, after receiving a colorful welcome on Friday at the start of the last leg of his eight-day South American tour.


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