Mercosur members will be holding an extraordinary meeting in Caracas on 15 November to define an 'only joint position of the group ahead of the presentation to the European Union, in the framework of negotiations for the trade and cooperation accord, said Venezuelan foreign minister Elías Jaua.
We've called for a special meeting on 15 November in Caracas with the purpose of consolidating the Mercosur presentation, said Jaua following a meeting of foreign and economy ministers from country members held in the Venezuelan capital.
Representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Venezuela, subscribed a communiqué in which they underline the need for the agreement with the EU to respect the different degrees of development between the two blocks.
Paraguay which is also a member of Mercosur, but did not sign the communiqué, has yet to be fully reincorporated following a 14-month suspension that was lifted last 15 August.
This includes the power to implement policies that preserve the development model with social inclusion that have allowed our countries in recent years to experience significant growth rates in a context of international crisis, pointed out the ministers.
In what seems a direct reference to comments regarding the possibility that some of the group's members could opt for unilateral negotiations with the EU, the communiqué makes it a point to establish that the development of this Mercosur process will have an only position among its member countries.
The EU and Mercosur resumed in May 2010 negotiations to reach a trade treaty started in 1999, but which stalled in 2004 because the sides could not advance on the proposals referred to agriculture (of interest for Mercosur) and industry and services (of EU interest).