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Eutelsat joins EUBrasil

Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) announces it has joined EUBRASIL, a non-profit-making association promoting dialogue between Brazil and the European Union. EUBRASIL seeks to enhanc bilateral dialogue between Brazil and European Union member countries through a forum assembling interested stakeholders to create a strong network of associations, professionals and experts, and by promoting bilateral

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EU and Brazil to re-launch negotiations on air transport agreement

Officials from the EU and Brazil will meet on 30 and 31 January 2014 in Brazil to resume talks on an ambitious air transport agreement that would open up the EU–Brazil air transport market. The two sides will seek to finalise the agreement in time for the next EU–Brazil summit, to be held on 27

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Brazil can’t be hostage of Argentina or Venezuela in Mercosur/EU trade negotiations

The Brazilian government is determined to advance with negotiations for a trade agreement between Mercosur and the European Union even if it means leaving Argentina for a second phase of the process, according to sources from Itamaraty, the country’s foreign ministry, reported in the Rio do Janeiro media. “There is great expectation as to what

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Mercosur/EU with their own problems still don’t have a date to continue negotiations

Mercosur and the European Union continue to work on their tariff reduction proposals list but have no scheduled date for negotiators to meet and advance on a long delayed trade agreement according to Uruguayan diplomatic sources. However what is certain is that when the date is agreed it will be clear if Mercosur consensus proposal

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Uruguay warns trade negotiations with EU could leave “a Mercosur member out”

Uruguayan foreign minister Luis Almagro said it should not come as a surprise if the negotiations for a trade agreement between Mercosur and the European Union does not include all four original full members and leaves one out, although the objective is for all members to be part of the accord. “During the coming Mercosur

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Mujica says Mercosur is ‘seriously impaired” and admits resignation in relations with Argentina

Uruguayan president Jose Mujica said that Mercosur is “seriously impaired” but it also has its strong points, and the fact Paraguay resumes full membership is very positive. Mujica was interviewed by a government financed newspaper, La República and again referred to the postponed Mercosur summit and the deteriorated relations with Argentina. “We are seriously impaired

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Mercosur and EU to exchange tariff reduction proposals in early February

Paraguay’s Foreign minister Eladio Loizaga said that at the latest in early February Mercosur and the European Union would be exchanging their tariff reduction proposals for the much delayed free trade agreement. The deadline originally was December but it was delayed on request from Brussels. “If it’s not at the end of January it will

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The delayed Mercosur summit will have to address the EU new foreign aid policy

When Mercosur finally holds its much delayed summit in Venezuela at the end of the month following two postponements (12 December and 17 January), besides its normal agenda of agreements and disagreements, it will have to address a new challenge, this time from the European Union which has redefined its development support policy, leaving all

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EU requests WTO consultations over Brazil’s discriminatory taxes

The EU requested consultations with the Government of Brazil under the dispute settlement provisions of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on tax measures that discriminate against imported goods and provide prohibited support to Brazilian exporters. In recent years, Brazil has increased its use of the tax system in ways which are incompatible with its WTO

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New effort by Brazil to have Mercosur comply with the EU agreed timetable

Brazil trusts Mercosur and the European Union can exchange the proposed tariff lists for a free trade agreement keeping to the original schedule, before the end of the year, according to the country’s foreign ministry. “We are in the final stages of the Mercosur common proposal, all country-members are committed and we trust that the

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