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EU-Mercosur trade talks resume in Montevideo, though 2018 timeframe remains unclear
Trade negotiators for the EU and Mercosur resumed formal talks last week, with officials announcing “constructive progress” thereafter while stopping short of announcing a timeframe for concluding the long-awaited trade deal.
Mercosur: Don’t sacrifice our food standards and tropical forests for trade
The trade agreement currently being negotiated by the EU and Mercosur will increase deforestation and accelerate the demise of European farmers by subjecting them to unfair competition.
Beef lobby ramps up pressure on Mercosur
The Irish government will not block any future trade deal between the EU and Mercosur, despite intense lobbying by the farm organisations and meat processors.
EU and Mercosur aim to settle GI protection in renewed trade talks
The EU and the Mercosur countries have started a fresh round of trade discussions in which both parties seek to strike an agreement on the key aspects of Geographical Indications and tariff reductions for car exports.
India seeks to fast-track pact with MERCOSUR
Sources said the countries that are part of the India-MERCOSUR PTA have been in discussions to increase the tariff lines in order to boost the trade volumes.
EU, Mercosur trade talks resume with renewed optimism
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.
EU-Mercosur free trade deal ’only good for corporations’: European MP
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
S. Korea, Mercosur agree to launch trade talks
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 is no progressive free trader: It’s exporting chronic diseases to Latin America
The EU has apparently chosen to put the trade goals of European tobacco companies ahead of their own commitments to sustainable development.
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.