The European Commission and Mercosur are planning to resume negotiations to reach a new Association Agreement this January.
The year 2018 will offer a very narrow window of opportunity to bring key EU trade policy files forward.
Negotiations are now nearing completion and there are increasing concerns among public health advocates, patient and consumer organisations, and other stakeholders, both in Europe and the Americas.
The emphasis on production and international consumption could greatly increase the need for agricultural land in Latin America, and result in a major increase in deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon and Cerrado, and Argentine Chaco.
Many of the intellectual property provisions raised by the European Union in this agreement are bad for internet users.
Trade talks between the European Union and South America’s Mercosur bloc will likely extend into next year after European negotiators said they needed more time to respond to improved offers.
Free-trade talks between the European Union and South American trade bloc Mercosur still face hurdles over beef and ethanol.
8 draft chapters, as leaked by Greenpeace
Analysis of draft texts, especially the chapters on goods, SPS, TBT and government procurement.
Many serious environmental concerns are not addressed at all.
EU-MERCOSUR trade negotiations must not impose TRIPS Plus provisions on protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
The adoption of the measures proposed by the EU could put the sustainability of access to health policies in Brazil at risk, as they could sharply increase public expenditures on medicines.
European Union, Mercosur officials meeting Nov. 29-Dec. 8. Both sides are committed to reaching deal by end of year.
The round report includes details on all areas of the negotiations, including trade in goods, technical barriers to trade, services, intellectual property (including geographical indications), government procurement, SPS and trade and sustainable development.
A battle over beef between the European Union and Argentina and Brazil could push trade talks beyond a year-end deadline and lead to further years of delay.
Morocco and the Mercosur have recently started technical negotiations to pave the way for the conclusion of a free trade agreement.