The European Union and South America’s Mercosur bloc begin a fresh round of trade talks with renewed optimism that negotiators may be nearing an accord after almost 20 years of talks.
Italian activist and member of the European Parliament Eleonora Forenza blasted the free trade agreement negotiated by the European Union and the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) saying it only benefits multinational corporations
South Korea and the South American trade block Mercosur agreed to begin formal negotiations for a trade deal in the latter half of this year.
The EU has apparently chosen to put the trade goals of European tobacco companies ahead of their own commitments to sustainable development.
Mercosur trade bloc looks to begin economic and trade talks with Japan as soon as November, Brazil’s foreign minister said, calling trade with Asia essential to regional economic health as the US embraces protectionism.
The four-country Pacific Alliance consists of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. The coalition aims to achieve the goal, launched nearly a year ago, of conferring a new associate member status to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Singapore.
An official at Seoul’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said the government will actively push for new free trade deals to expand its trade relations with emerging markets.
Paraguayan Foreign Minister Eladio Loizaga confirmed that he is in contact with his peers to define the date of the meeting that would be in Asunción.
The Swiss Farmers’ Union, on the other hand, has made its position very clear: it is against a free-trade deal.
Swiss economics minister Johann Schneider-Ammann has arrived in Brazil on a six-day visit to the region aimed at boosting talks on a free trade agreement with the South American economic area Mercosur.
The European Union and Latin American bloc Mercosur have made some progress on how to open their markets to cars, but ended free trade talks in Brussels with finger-pointing about who was holding up a deal.
The EU & Mercosur just resumed negotiations for a trade agreement which would have terrible impacts on forests, local communities and our climate. NGOs call on the EU Commission to prioritise sustainability & human rights over trade.
Scottish farm leaders have urged the European Commission to postpone its “reckless” trade negotiations with the Mercosur block of South American countries because of fears over the damage it could inflict on the beef sector.
Following calls for openness and public participation, the European Commission now advertises its trade negotiations as transparent and inclusive. But crucial information about EU trade deals are still kept from citizens. Even member state governments regularly complain about being left in the dark. At the same time, corporations continue to call the shots on EU trade talks.
Mercosur’s sovereignty is at stake, as are the ecosystems and communities that will be affected by a further boost to the destructive livestock and feedstock industries in South America.
Japan may soon manage something that the European Union has not yet done in South America, as negotiations to become an economic partner with the Mercosur trading block push ahead.
While it’s positive that at least the parties are coming to the conclusion to forego the gratuitous copyright term extension, most of the changes in the consolidated text show a continued tightening of copyright protections that favor incumbent rights holders at the expense of users and the commons.
Rich countries have made our current trade rules and made sure that these rules suit their needs, providing few means for people in poor countries to protect themselves from aggressive export policies.
Malaysia is studying the possibility of establishing a free-trade agreement (FTA) with Brazil, International Trade and Industry Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Seri J Jayasiri said.