[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

terça-feira, 21 de novembro de 2017

What’s your beef? Mercosur trade talks falter

Mercosur talks have stalled over beef quotas.
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On-off trade talks between the EU and the Mercosur group of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay have spanned 17 years.

But it is not clear the end-2017 deadline for a deal to set out how each market will open to the other – from EU cars and machinery to South American farm products – will be met.

Talks were suspended once before in 2004 and officials say missing the current window of political opportunity could lead to more delays.

The latest round of talks on 6-10 November between negotiators in Brasilia did not even address market access, the key part of any trade deal.

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