EUBrasil Association board members will meet in Brussels on Friday, March 21, in order to set out a plan of action for 2014. The Board will evaluate a new project on the adhesion of new members and the entity’s communications strategy.
The 2014 plan’s goal will be to dynamise the Association in order to consolidate its role as the largest private networking platform in Europe dedicated to strengthening economic relations between Brazil and the European Union.
The board is made up of the president Luigi Gambardella, and board members Fabio Colasanti; Jose Juan Haro, on behalf of Telefónica; Markus Fritz, on behalf of Eutelsat; and Professor Alfredo Valladão, President of the Advisory Board of EUBrasil.
EUBrasil believes that the relationship between Brazil and the EU has gradually been strengthened since the establishment of the EU-Brazil strategic partnership in 2007, and consequently, the launch of the Association in 2008 in Brussels.
Brazil and EU have intensified their cooperation via high-level political exchanges on issues of common interest concerning their economies, global challenges and on foreign policy positions in the world.
EUBrasil understands that it must be prepared to face whatever challenge may arise in this relationship between the EU and Brazil. It notes that on March 21, an evaluation of Mercosur and the EU’s offers on the Free Trade Agreement will also take place in Brussels. Negotiations began in 2010 with this being the first open ‘cards on the table’ offers on tariffs.
The EU remains Brazil’s main trading partner. More than 20% of Brazil’s exports go to the EU and more than 21% of Brazil imports come from the EU. Brazil represents 2.2% of EU trade with the world and is ranked 8th among EU trade partners, immediately after Japan and above India.
About EUBrasil: The EUBrasil Association, based in Brussels, brings together key stakeholders including European and Brazilian corporate executives, members of the European Commission, about 40 members of the European Parliament and Brazilian National Congress as well as academics all directly involved with the decision-making process within the strategic EU-Brazil partnership.