EUBrasil will hold next Tuesday, 9 December, the networking event Friends of EUBrazil, in partnership with the Brazilian Mission to the European Union, in Brussels. During the occasion, the association will release the study “Enhancing economic and financial ties between Brazil and the European Union”, with the results of a survey conducted among the top European and Brazilian companies in the relations between Brazil and EU. The document will be delivered, in the morning of the same day, to European Commission’s president, Jean-Claude Juncker, and during the event to MEP Paulo Rangel, president of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Brazil.
This will be the second edition of Friends of Brazil in 2014. Over 100 high level guests have already confirmed their attendance, including many members of the European Parliament (MEPs), senior executives of the European Commission and internacional companies with businesses in both regions, as well as academics and opinion leaders.
The document’s content will be released only after being presented to the European Commission. The study will be sent to Mr Juncker and Commissioners, including Cecilia Malmström (DG Trade), Margrethe Vestager (DG Competition), Elzbieta Bienkowska (DG Enterprise and Industry), Günther Oettinger (DG Digital Economy and Society), Phil Hogan (DG Agriculture and Rural Development) and Vytenis Andriukaitis (DG Health and Food Safety).
According to the opinion of the companies, which responded to EUBrasil’s questionnaire, despite the consolidated and diversified economic bilateral relations, Brazil and EU should work to improve the access to markets and investments, two areas that still hinder business operations on both sides.
“We hope that this document can be a guide to assist the European Commission to improve relations with Brazil. It will also be used by EUBrasil as guidance for future actions, in order to continue to support development of the relations between EU and Brazil”, says the president of EUBrasil, Luigi Gambardella.
The Brazilian Centro de Estudos de Integração e Desenvolvimento (CINDES) was responsible for compiling the answers and preparing the final document. “I was surprised by the strong support that the European companies continue to lend to the bi-regional negotiations. They wish that the negotiations be concluded, be it in the bi-regional (Mercosur-EU) or in the bilateral (EU-Brazil) track”, says CINDES’s director, Sandra Rios.