April 14, 2024

Mercosur will meet this Monday in Puerto Iguazu (Argentina) with the presence of all of the presidents of the group’s member international locations for the primary time since 2019, earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic.

“(Argentine Overseas Minister) Santiago Cafiero opens the 62nd Mercosur Assembly with the presence, for the primary time since 2019, of all of the presidents. Tomorrow the minister will lead the summit of ministers collectively together with his friends from the 4 States Events and from Bolivia”, has printed the Argentine Overseas Ministry on its Twitter account.

The assembly, which the president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has not attended because of a suspension of his participation since 2017, will goal to debate the free commerce settlement with the European Union, as reported by the newspaper ‘Pagina 12’.

Since 1999, the EU has been negotiating a commerce settlement with the Mercosur international locations, which embody Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. Though an settlement in precept was reached in 2019, throughout Lula’s time period, it was not achieved as a result of protectionism of the agricultural sectors in France and the Brazilian and Argentine governments, which sought to protect their industries.

On this sense, the president of Brazil, Lula da Silva, assured on the finish of June that the calls for of the European Union for a free commerce settlement with Mercosur are a “risk” and criticized the scant emphasis that the worldwide group is putting on combat inequality.

Among the many phrases criticized by Lula is the one that permits European and Brazilian firms to obtain the identical remedy by the Federal Authorities, or the one which sanctions South American international locations that fail to adjust to the 2015 Paris Settlement, relating to the dedication to scale back greenhouse gasoline emissions.

In flip, they haven’t favored, in reference to a regulation accepted by the European Council in Might of this 12 months, the ban on importing merchandise from deforested areas after 2020, beneath penalty of fines.

For its half, the Authorities of Argentina introduced in June that it could current a proposal to incorporate safeguards that forestall or comprise the antagonistic results on Argentine exports of the “unilateral” measures adopted by the group bloc for alleged environmental functions.