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EU/Mercosur negotiations stumble, but both sides determined to continue

Friday, March 18th 2011 - 16:46 UTC
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The fourth round of European Union/Mercosur negotiations for a trade agreement concluded in Brussels Friday with no major advances which could be a setback for the original plan to have a deal sealed by the end of the year. Read full article


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  • briton

    And still the EU keep pushing, when they suggest,, they realy mean it will happen, one way or another,

    Mar 18th, 2011 - 07:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard

    One of the problems is that the EU delegates are used to working with Directives and Primary and Secondary legislation and agreements that are profoundly detailed and 'perfectly structured'.

    This is not the way with Mercosur, where the underpinning documents are significantly more rudimentary, leaving many issues unproscribed.

    EU rules do not allow its negotiators to dumb-down the documents of agreements, so it may well take MUCH longer than the end of the year before Mercosur processes reach levels where agreements can be reached and satisfactorily documented.

    This is so different for China - South American deals, each of which is a separate entity, where progress can be rapid, but where each deal drives a coach and horses through developing Mercosur integrative processes.

    Mar 19th, 2011 - 12:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    We both know that Directives and other words are of a dictatorship origin is it not.
    the EU is a growing uncontrolled uncaring giant, that has to either question its ability to control, or eventually it will collapse.

    Mar 19th, 2011 - 01:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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