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Experts deeply split on prospects for quick EU-Mercosur free trade deal

The Buenos Aires Herald runs a story today with the opinion of many specialists regarding the possible signing of a free trade deal between Mercosur and the European Union (EU) after 15 years of negotiations. The experts heard by the paper come from a wide spectrum of Argentine academia and offer interesting opinions on the

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European Union launches Sentinel 1a satellite as part of the Copernicus project

The European Commission (EC) announced yesterday the launch of the first satellite dedicated to the European Union’s Earth Observation Programme. The programme, called Copernicus, plans to ensure the observation and monitoring of the atmosphere, oceans and continental surfaces, in addition to providing information that can be used in environmental and security decisions. “The data provided

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Capitanich praises bilateral trade deal with the Brazilian automobile industry

Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich praised an agreement reached over the weekend during talks with Brazil on Monday, saying that the discussions should reinforce bilateral trade between the two neighbours. He also praised the advancement in discussions towards a “common agenda” that should lead to the final agreement on a trade deal between Mercosur and the

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US subsidies most harmful to domestic agribusiness, says Brazilian agriculture confederation

A study commissioned by CNA shows that soya, corn, cotton, dairy and sugar are among the products most affected. Brazil’s positive performance in the foreign trade of agricultural products over the past few years is being more threatened by the new US Farm Bill than by recent changes in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of

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Argentina completes list of commercial offers with tariff reductions across 90% of products, says Brazilian minister

Brazilian financial daily Valor Econômico reports that Argentina has finalised a list of commercial offers with cuts across 90% of its products, part of an exchange between Mercosur and the European Union (EU) that should pave the way for the reopening of negotiations towards a Free Trade Agreement between the two trading blocs. The Argentinian

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Mercosur and the EU exchange offers within FTA negotiations

Brazilian influential financial daily Valor Economico reports that EU and Mercosur are meeting today in Brussels to compare their offers for a free trade agreement. According to the newspaper, they will not exchange precise figures for liberalisation, but only a general indication of what is being prepared by each partner. Negotiations involve removing or reducing barriers for

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EUBrasil prepares new strategy to increase its dynamism

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

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Cristina Fernandez invited to visit Europe and establish a closer dialogue

Source: MercoPress “Tajani told [Cristina] that the EU wishes to open a direct dialogue with Argentina and impressed on her the importance of the country for European investments as well as the importance of historical links” Timerman explained following the meeting between the pair, which was held in the Chilean capital of Santiago. Timerman also

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EUBrasil sees progress in EU/Mercosur negotiations, but believes it is still too soon to predict a date for their conclusion

President Dilma Rousseff’s participation in the VIIth Brazil/EU summit this last Monday in Brussels represented Brazil’s commitment to boost the trade negotiations between Mercosur and the EUropean Union. The president declared several times during her stay in the European capital that “never was this possibility so close, as much on their side, as on the

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7th EU-Brazil Business Summit: taking the strategic partnership one step further

Joint Press Release EuroChambers, Business Europe and CNI Confederação Brasileira da Industria Brussels, 24th February2014 – Following the political Brazil-European Union Summit in Brussels, representatives of European institutions, Brazilian authorities and business leaders gathered to commit to a Plan of Action on Investment and Competitiveness. Resulting from one year of bilateral work between EUROCHAMBRES, BUSINESSEUROPE,

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