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Mercosur and Japan scheduled to begin trade talks next November in Argentina
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.
Pacific Alliance, associate members enter fourth negotiating round, look to clinch deal by July
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.
S. Korea, Mercosur to launch FTA negotiations in late May
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.
Paraguay to host new round of EU-Mercosur negotiations in mid-May
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.
Swiss farmers dig in against South American trade deal
The Swiss Farmers’ Union, on the other hand, has made its position very clear: it is against a free-trade deal.
Economics minister in Brazil to boost trade talks
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.
EU, Mercosur end trade round with little progress, more blaming - Beef volumes ’agreed’
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.
Civil society letter on the EU/Mercosur Free Trade Deal negotiations
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.
Scots call for halt to EU’s Mercosur trade talks
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.
Quiet on the set! The EU is negotiating trade deals...
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.
The whole of Mercosur in exchange for a plate of beef
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 angles for space in Brazil with Mercosur deal
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.
Copyright in Mercosur-EU trade agreement: A little better, but mostly worse
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.
How free trade hypocrisies are hurting our world
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 studying possibility of having FTA with Brazil
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.
Teamsters raise concerns on Canada-Mercosur trade talks
The union is concerned that the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership could be used as a model for talks with Mercosur.
Europeans say significant obstacles remain to Mercosur trade deal
An EU diplomat said Mercosur resistance to European proposals on automobile exports and geographic product indicators were also sticking points.
S. Korea-Mercosur trade talks to begin in 1st half
South Korea and the Southern Common Market, also known as Mercosur, will likely begin negotiations to forge a trade pact in the first half of the year.
Mercosur, Canada begin free-trade talks
The foreign ministers slated the first round of talks for the Mercosur-Canada FTA from March 20 to 23 in Ottawa, Canada.