Mercosur

LatAm & Caribbean Mercosur

In brief: Argentina wants “living” EU Mercosur agreement

Argentina’s foreign minister Susana Malcorra reiterated Argentina’s wish to see the recently re-launched EU-Mercosur free trade negotiations finalised in 2017 during a trip to Brussels on Thursday  (20 April 2017).    Mauricio Macri’s government wants to send a strong pro-market and pro-trade signal to the world. Buenos Aires will be the location of …

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 …