LatAm & Caribbean

EU trade policy LatAm & Caribbean Mercosur

In brief: De Gucht takes job at Arcelor Mittal; Commission expected not to table beef and ethanol in tariff offer exchange with Mercosur next week

Today is a relatively quiet day on the trade front in Europe as the catholic parts of Europe are having a holiday and nothing is going on in Brussels. Two bits of news for today:   L’Echo, the Belgian French-language newspaper, reports that former EU trade commissioner, Karel de Gucht, …

LatAm & Caribbean Mercosur

EU agriculture chief Hogan says Mercosur will need to “moderate its expectations” in coming trade talks

A backlash against the relaunch of EU Mercosur negotiations from the agricultural sector is most likely to led the Commission to revise its initial tariff offer to Mercosur. The body is scheduled to exchange it with the South American bloc in May. After concerns raised by member state agriculture ministries …

Agriculture LatAm & Caribbean Mercosur

Outcry over prospect of agricultural trade liberalisation in relaunched EU Mercosur talks

There’s an outcry in agricultural milieus in the EU over the relaunch of EU Mercosur free trade talks announced recently, as both parties eye a formal exchange of offers in early May.   The Copa Cogeca agriculture association expressed staunch opposition to the EU Mercosur deal. The Mercosur talks were …

LatAm & Caribbean Mercosur

Mogherini in Argentina: restart of EU Mercosur talks “within the month of April”

Federica Mogherini is mending EU ties with Argentina in Buenos Aires. Both sides are initiating a macroeconomic dialogue, the European Investment Bank will launch projects there. On trade, the arrival of the market-oriented government of Mauricio Macri last year has unblocked the last hurdles to the re-initiation of long-stalled EU …