Mercosur Summit in Argentina, key in the negotiation with the EU

Puerto Iguazú (Argentina) (BLAZETRENDS) sanction of the European Union (EU), in order to unlock the trade agreement that both blocs are negotiating.

“Strategic partners do not negotiate with mistrust and threats of sanctions,” said Lula, whose country will assume the presidency of the South American bloc (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) today until next December.

The progressive leader said he was “committed” to the conclusion of the negotiations with the EU, but stressed that the agreement “must be balanced” and include measures that favor the industrialization of the South American bloc, among other mechanisms.

“We are not interested in agreements that condemn us to eternal exporters of raw materials,” he said.

Likewise, he criticized the environmental annex attached by the Twenty-seven to the general agreement reached in 2019, which he again branded as “unacceptable”.

Given this, he demanded from his Mercosur partners “a quick and forceful response.”

He also said that “it is inadmissible to renounce the purchasing power of the State”, in relation to the government purchases section of the agreement with the community bloc.

A momentous summit

The heads of state of Mercosur inaugurated this Tuesday in the Argentine city of Puerto Iguazú the semi-annual summit of the bloc, with trade negotiations with the European Union (EU) as one of the key issues of the meeting.

The leaders of the four member States of Mercosur participate in the meeting: the Argentine Alberto Fernández, the Brazilian Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the Uruguayan Luis Lacalle Pou and the Paraguayan Mario Abdo Benítez.

Also attending were Luis Arce, President of Bolivia, a country in the process of full membership of Mercosur; and the president-elect of Paraguay, Santiago Peña, who will take over as head of the Executive branch of his country next August.

“I formally welcome you to this Mercosur summit,” said Alberto Fernández at the opening of the plenary, who on Tuesday will hand over the six-monthly Mercosur Presidency to Lula da Silva.

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Representatives of the countries associated with the bloc (Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Guyana and Suriname) are also present at the regional meeting.

The meeting is held in a luxurious hotel inside the Argentine Iguazú National Park (1,300 kilometers northeast of Buenos Aires), which protects the imposing Iguazú Falls, on the border between Argentina and Brazil.

The presidential summit had as a prelude this Monday a meeting of the bloc’s foreign ministers in which the negotiation with the EU was at the center of the deliberations.

A long history of Mercosur

Mercosur, founded in 1991, is currently engaged in the task of agreeing on a joint response to the letter sent last February by the EU, with new environmental claims, in addition to the package of chapters already agreed in 2019, and which South Americans find unacceptable.

The one in Iguazú is the first semi-annual summit of Mercosur since July 2019 in which the presidents of the four full member countries of the bloc participate in person.

“I want to highlight the enormous joy of receiving them in person, something that we had not achieved in the last four years,” said the Argentine president.

At the Mercosur meeting at the end of 2019, held in Vale de Vinhedos (Brazil), the then President of Uruguay, Tabaré Vázquez (2005-2010 and 2015-2020), who died in December 2020, was absent due to health problems.

In 2020 and 2021, the summits were held electronically due to the covid-19 pandemic, yes, with the participation of the leaders of the four countries.

But with the return to face-to-face meetings, both at the Asunción (July 2022) and Montevideo (December 2022) summits, the then President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro (2019-2023), was absent.

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