ensEU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström hopes to be able to close a free trade agreement with the Mercosur group of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay within the next few months. She believes an agreement could be struck during the term of the current European Commission, which runs until the end of October.
Meetings are to be held in June and July between officials and if all goes well, Malmström is prepared to initiate final negotiations with the four countries’ trade ministers at short notice.
In the past, Brazil has opposed the import of European cars and components but the main issue to be resolved now is that of agriculture. The EU wants to protect geographical indicators such as champagne and parmesan cheese and sell dairy products (mainly cheese), while Mercosur wants to sell more beef to the EU.
The commissioner tells Svenska Dagbladet that market openings in agriculture are likely to be discussed in the final negotiations.
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