Mercosur FTA negotiations: European Union and Canada

The Brazilian Federal Secretariat for International Trade launched a national public call on the negotiations for Free Trade Agreements between Mercosur and the European Union and Canada.

According to Tatiana Prazeres, the head Secretary of SECEX since January of 2011, the prompt actions of consulting the private sector for opinion position update in the subject is in response to clear orientations given by Minister Fernando Pimentel and other ministers from the Federal Chamber of International Trade CAMEX to conduct such negotiations with plenty offer of acknowledgement and opportunities for manifestation from the private sector.

Through this process, representative associations and entities from the Brazilian private sector will have sixty days, starting from the day that the call was released in the Official Diary of the Union (Oct.26th), to send information on which NCMs they represent, followed by suggestions and justification on the maximum period for tariff elimination. They may also send information on which NCMs should be left out of the FTA.

Free Trade Agreement between Mercosur and the European Union has been undergoing negotiations since 1999, butinterruptedfrom 2004 until 2010, when they regained bilateral interest. Negotiations between Mercosur and Canada are not yet in course, but an FTA between the parties has been under prospection by representatives. Further information can be found in Portuguese in the following official link.

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