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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. In addition to Brazil, Schneider-Ammann will also visit the other Mercosur states of ...
"It should be clear that without any movement from our partners on these issues it's difficult to see the process moving towards the outcome to which the European Commission remains committed - a balanced and ambitious Eu-Mercosur trade agreement," a Commission spokesman told a news ...

EU Commissioner Phil Hogan has stated there would be "no deal" on Mercosur unless EU negotiations are satisfied that strong standards will apply to all produce, the Irish Independent reports. Speaking about the ongoing negotiations regarding Mercosur and the quality of its exports, ...
European Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan insisted there would be "no deal" with Mercosur unless negotiators are fully satisfied strong standards will apply to all produce. It comes as another round of the negotiations on Mercosur got under way in Brussels this week. "There will be no deal ...
"If anything happened on Mercosur, it will be in 10 to 15 years' time," added the commissioner. Mr Tallon said the China deal is "key", particularly in light of Brexit, as firms were reluctant to have "all their eggs in one basket". "It is a small step, China is open and we need to grow that and open other markets. EU
SAO PAULO -- China and South Korea are seeking to establish free trade agreements with Mercosur in a strategic response to Washington's increasingly protectionist stance. These East Asian initiatives have resonated well in a region where Washington is keeping its distance. U.S. President ... South Korea

The South American trading bloc, Mercosur, and the EU have been making serious headway in their negotiations. Rightly termed the “Beef for Cars deal”, the EU Commission refers to the future agreement as “a win-win for both the EU and Mercosur, creating opportunities for growth and jobs for both sides. South Korea
The list included German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and the United States' First Lady Hillary Clinton. It was when then-Argentinian president Carlos Menem introduced an ambitious idea: a common currency for Mercosur. “We're following the European Union's ... South Korea
BUENOS AIRES (Alliance News) - Mercosur and the EU (EU) are close to an agreement, according to the president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, and the Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy. The comment was made during a joint press conference after a meeting aimed at deepening and analyzing the ... South Korea
Meanwhile, in Ireland, Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) president Joe Healy said EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom is extremely naive to believe that the Brazilians are going to conform to the rules in any Mercosur trade agreement with the EU – especially with regard to meeting EU standards on ... South Korea
Meanwhile, Spanish Economy Minister Roman Escolano told reporters on Tuesday that the final obstacles to a long-delayed trade deal between the European Union and South American trade bloc Mercosur can be overcome. “Spain is very clearly committed to bringing this project, which we have ... South Korea
"For the time (being) the negotiation on the Mercosur (deal) for different reasons is blocked," Le Maire told reporters. "You cannot explain to a producer that he has to stick to very constraining rules in Germany, France, Spain or Italy, and we'll (import) exactly the same good that will not be produced in the ... South Korea
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. NFU Scotland has become the latest group to add its voice to those calling ... Eu
China and South Korea are seeking to establish free trade agreements with Mercosur in a strategic response to Washington's increasingly protectionist stance. The East Asian initiatives have resonated well in a region where Washington is keeping its distance. U.S. President Donald Trump has not visited ... South Korea
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. Although the EU's deal is reportedly reaching its final stages after 20 years of negotiations, Japan may beat the ... South Korea
Two of the country's leading farm organisations have called for any deal on Mercosur to be parked following the EU's decision to delist 20 Brazilian meat processors. The decision showed the "commercial and environmental absurdity" of continuing with the process, said ICMSA presiednt Pat McCormack.
BRUSSELS - Mercosur and the European Union will resume negotiations today (April 24) and until Friday 27, in order to conclude the negotiations to give way to the signing of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). In this regard, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay, Ambassador Eladio Loizaga, ... European

OTTAWA - The Canadian government plans to open free trade talks with the four-nation Mercosur trading bloc in South America, an official said on Friday, at a time when the future of NAFTA is facing increasing uncertainty. Canada sends around 75 per cent of its goods exports to the United States and is ... European
OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian government plans to open free trade talks with the four-nation Mercosur trading bloc in South America, an official said on ... Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne is set to arrive in Paraguay on March 9 to launch talks with Mercosur, which also includes Argentina, ... European
Mercosur countries in the trade negotiations, without getting much in return. It is unacceptable that the EU is increasing its offer on agriculture in the talks. Trade concessions must be minimised for our more sensitive sectors, namely beef, sugar, poultry, ethanol, rice and orange juice imports to the EU.. European
CBC News has learned that the following day, if all goes as planned, Canada's delegation will board a plane and fly over the Andes to Asuncion, Paraguay, to launch free trade talks with the Mercosur bloc of nations. Mercosur is a trade bloc formed in 1991 by Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. European
Ireland and a coalition of over 10 EU states are currently lobbying to restrict the potential beef offer well below 100,000 tonnes, but Mr Hogan pointed out that Europe "will need to offer a little over 70,000 tonnes" to strike a deal with the Mercosur countries. Around 99,000t of beef access is expected to be ... European
Northern Ireland Meat Exporters Association (NIMEA) chief executive Conall Donnelly believes that the decision by the European Commission to increase the beef import allocation allowed for under the terms of a proposed trade deal with the Mercosur trading block of South America could do irreversible ... European
Now, the same issue has cropped up in the ongoing Mercosur talks, infuriating French livestock farmers and politicians, EURACTIV France reports. Meat was back on the menu during bilateral talks this week in Brussels, with Mercosur trade ministers (Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Argentina) and Trade ... European
European farming group Copa and Cogeca has stepped up its fight to stop a trade deal between the European Union and the Mercosur trade bloc ... Farmers fear huge increases in the amount of beef, sugar and poultry imported from Mercosur countries - which include the meat exporting nations of ... European
A long-awaited major trade deal between the EU and the Latin American countries of Mercosur may this week take a key step towards realisation with ministerial teams from both sides meeting in Brussels on Monday. They are expected to give negotiators a new, decisive political impulse to reach ... European
“If there is one issue that I think is a really significant challenge at the moment that is Mercosur. There is no point in sugar coating this. It is a real battle for us to hold at bay the momentum that is building for a Mercosur trade deal,” Minister Creed told the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) ... European
Speaking at a press event, Copa-Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen said: “The EU has given far too much on agriculture to the Mercosur countries in the negotiations, without getting much in return.” Mercosur is already the biggest exporter of beef to Europe. Around 250,000 tonnes per year arrive ... European
MONTEVIDEO, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Uruguay plans to push for a free trade agreement (FTA) between China and the Southern Common Market (Mercosur), the largest South American trade bloc, a top Uruguayan official said Wednesday. At a joint press conference with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, ... European
Talks for a free trade agreement between Mercosur and the EU first took place in 1999, but stopped after no agreement was reached. Negotiations resumed in 2010, but it wasn't until May 2016 that the two blocs exchanged proposals. The last round of negotiations took place on Dec. 5 in Brussels. However ... European
SANTIAGO, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- Chilean Foreign Affairs Minister Heraldo Munoz on Thursday called for closer ties between Latin America's two leading trade blocs. The Southern Common Market (Mercosur), which gathers South American countries, and the Pacific Alliance, which includes most of the ... European
The talks broke down on the margins of a World Trade Organization conference on December 10, with Mercosur countries — Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay — keen to get a higher beef offer, as well as lock in high export quotas for sugar and ethanol. Mr Hogan flew to the WTO conference in ... European
In 2016, EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan told NFU Cymru members beef would be 'off the menu' in trade negotiations with the Mercosur bloc, but since then it has been reported that the Commission is considering offering access for an extra 100,000 to 130,000 tonnes of beef – more than the 78,000 set ... European
Putting the agreement into force will contribute to the balance of trade between both sides, which is heavily in favor of the countries of Mercosur, and allow the Egyptian industrial ... The Mercosur is an regional bloc in Latin America, which includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela. European
Speaking in Buenos Aires, Ms McGuinness expressed the belief that the host country was pushing for progress on Mercosur negotiations and would like to announce that a deal has been made when the ministerial council concludes on Wednesday night. As previously reported in the Irish Farmers Journal, ... European
we do not intend to increase our beef offer," Mr Hogan said. "The negotiations will either succeed or fail based on the response of the Mercosur countries to the European offer." The EU wants to open up the Mercosur market to its cars, chemicals, IT and retail services, allow EU companies access to public ... European
The farm organisation has has called the trade negotiations with Mercosur “toxic” and said the European meat market is being sacrificed for the sake of a deal with the South American bloc. An IFA spokeperson confirmed that IFA President Joe Healy will travel to Argentina for WTO talks at the weekend and ... European
THE EU's largest farm lobby Copa-Cogeca – of which the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) is a member – slammed Commission plans to table further concessions for beef in a bilateral trade deal with the Latin American regional bloc Mercosur, from 70,000 to 99,000 tonnes, saying it would threaten quality ... European
2017 promised to be a decisive year for the trade agreement between Mercosur and the European Union given Brazil and Argentina's strong efforts to finalize the deal. However, due to disagreements in the agricultural sector, the deal is now expected to occur in 2018. A potential agreement can strongly ... European
Cattle are loaded at the Lebanese flag ship NADA in the port of Santos, Brazil 3 Cattle are loaded at the Lebanese flag ship NADA in the port of Santos, Brazil December 2, 2017. Twenty-seven thousand animals will be transported to Turkey's Mediterranean port of Iskenderun, according to Ecoporto ... European
Talks for a free trade agreement between Mercosur and the EU first took place in 1999, but stopped after no agreement was reached. Negotiations resumed in 2010, but it wasn't until May 2016 that the two blocs exchanged proposals. The last round of negotiations took place on Dec. 5 in Brussels. However ... European
SANTIAGO, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- Chilean Foreign Affairs Minister Heraldo Munoz on Thursday called for closer ties between Latin America's two leading trade blocs. The Southern Common Market (Mercosur), which gathers South American countries, and the Pacific Alliance, which includes most of the ... European
The talks broke down on the margins of a World Trade Organization conference on December 10, with Mercosur countries — Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay — keen to get a higher beef offer, as well as lock in high export quotas for sugar and ethanol. Mr Hogan flew to the WTO conference in ... European
"We feel we have made progress and we hope we can conclude successfully a deal between Mercosur and the EU, provided our conditions are met, in February 2018." The European Commission had proposed to let Mercosur export 70,000t of beef at reduced duties, which is less than the 100,000t offer ... European
Putting the agreement into force will contribute to the balance of trade between both sides, which is heavily in favor of the countries of Mercosur, and allow the Egyptian industrial ... The Mercosur is an regional bloc in Latin America, which includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela. European
EU-Mercosur trade discussions are on hold until the new year without agreement in Buenos Aires, according to the IFA. Speaking from Argentina, Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) president Joe Healy, said the serious threat from a bad deal on beef and poultry has not gone away. He said the Taoiseach Leo ... European
“This of particular concern, first, due to the huge amount of Mercosur agricultural exports destined for the EU market.” Barry Gardiner, the UK's shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, says: “It is very worrying that these leaked documents show a move away from the precautionary principle and a ... European
Speaking in Buenos Aires, Ms McGuinness expressed the belief that the host country was pushing for progress on Mercosur negotiations and would like to announce that a deal has been made when the ministerial council concludes on Wednesday night. As previously reported in the Irish Farmers Journal, ... European
we do not intend to increase our beef offer," Mr Hogan said. "The negotiations will either succeed or fail based on the response of the Mercosur countries to the European offer." The EU wants to open up the Mercosur market to its cars, chemicals, IT and retail services, allow EU companies access to public ... European
Mercosur members Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay are pushing for an improvement on the EU offer of tariff-free imports for 70,000 tonnes a year of beef and 600,000 tonnes of ethanol a year. They complain that it is lower than the 100,000-tonne offer the EU made in 2004, though EU negotiators ... European


 

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