26 Jan 2018


Brussels, Brussels Daily

Next Tuesday 30 January discussions on Mercosur will take place in Brussels between Foreign Ministers from Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan

Commission reports on latest progress in talks with Mercosur

The Commission published a report summarising the progress made during the latest negotiating round for the EU-Mercosur trade agreement. The round held between 29 November and 8 December in Brussels was followed by further technical and political level talks at the margins of the 11th World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires. The report includes an update on all areas of the negotiations, including trade in goods, technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary rules, services, intellectual property (including geographical indications), government procurement, as well as trade and sustainable development. As part of the final stretch of the talks, a ministerial meeting is planned for 30 January in Brussels to take stock of progress and instruct negotiators on the way forward in the endgame negotiations in the weeks that follow. The EU is committed to reach an ambitious, balanced and comprehensive trade agreement with Mercosur. An EU-Mercosur trade agreement is an historic opportunity that will have a positive impact on growth and jobs creation. It will build bridges between our regions and it will send a signal to the rest of the world on the importance of open, mutually beneficial and rules-based trade. Crucially, it will also provide for joint action in the field of sustainable development. The EU Mercosur agreement – just like the one concluded recently with Japan – will include an explicit reference to the Paris climate agreement. The rules-based trade the partners are aiming for will also necessarily imply maintaining high EU standards, including food safety rules, for all products entering the European market. The most recent Commission proposals made in the course of the negotiations can also be accessed through the dedicated transparency page. See more information on EU-Mercosur talks online.

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