Tag: Mercosur

European industry wants EU to sign Mercosur trade deal once and for all

European industry wants EU to sign Mercosur trade deal once and for all

July 12, 2018 |

In Belgium, industry is urging the European Commission to sign free trade deal with the Mercosur countries next week before Brazil heads into election season and puts the agreement on hold yet again. Mercosur is still seeking a higher ethanol quota than had been offered previously, a move resisted by the European ethanol industry. Sugar, […]

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Ethanol remains sticking point after most recent round of EU-Mercosur talks

Ethanol remains sticking point after most recent round of EU-Mercosur talks

October 10, 2017 |

In Brazil, following last week’s negotiations between the European Union and Mercosur countries, a Uruguayan official told Reuters that the EU must improve its offer on ethanol and beef or the deal won’t get done, echoing UNICA’s comments last week. The next round of talks is set for November 6-10 and potentially again in December. […]

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EU and Mercosur countries resume trade talks including ethanol and sugar discussions

EU and Mercosur countries resume trade talks including ethanol and sugar discussions

September 30, 2017 |

In Brazil, Unica, Brazil’s cane industry group told Reuters that trade talks resuming between the EU and the Mercosur bloc of South American countries will likely include ethanol trade discussions. Unica said ethanol was excluded from the EU proposal last year and Brazil was surprised by the move because the biofuel had been part of […]

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EU agri commissioner says Mercosur must lower ethanol demands to reach trade deal

EU agri commissioner says Mercosur must lower ethanol demands to reach trade deal

July 31, 2017 |

In Belgium, the European Commissioner for agriculture believes an agreement on a free trade agreement with Mercosur can realistically be achieved by the end of this year but only if the Latin American countries are more modest in their agricultural market access demands, especially for ethanol, sugar and beef. Europe’s sugar and ethanol industries have […]

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EU meets Mercosur to move forward trade deal but ethanol off the table

EU meets Mercosur to move forward trade deal but ethanol off the table

May 12, 2016 |

In Belgium, the European Union and Mercosur are back to negotiating a multilateral trade agreement between the two trading blocs, exchanging offers for the first time since 2004. Sensitive items such as ethanol and beef were excluded from this first exchange of offers, offers which will be discussed at a chief negotiators’ meeting in July […]

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