26 de mayo de 2019
Hispanic World

Mercosur still aiming to sign pact with EU before yearend

Brasilia, Dec 6 (efe-epa).- Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa, whose country holds the rotating 6-month presidency of Mercosur, said Thursday in Brasilia that the bloc remains committed to "finalizing" a commercial pact with the European Union before the end of the year.

Brasilia, Dec 6 (efe-epa).- Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa, whose country holds the rotating 6-month presidency of Mercosur, said Thursday in Brasilia that the bloc remains committed to "finalizing" a commercial pact with the European Union before the end of the year.

"We have great expectations for finalizing it (this year), but we're not going to set ... dates," said Nin Novoa, along with his counterparts in Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil - Jorge Faurie, Luis Alberto Castiglioni and Aloysio Nunes, respectively - the latter of whom is hosting a meeting of the four foreign ministers of the bloc.

According to Nin Novoa, if negotiations cannot be concluded before yearend, the pact would be finalized within "the first three months" of 2019, since it would be preferable to do so prior to the European parliamentary elections scheduled for May.

The Uruguayan foreign minister said that currently "two levels of issues," both technical and political, are being evaluated.

"The most complex issues are the asymmetrical ones" regarding access to markets offered by the two parties, he said.

He added that while Mercosur is offering the Europeans broader access to its markets, the EU members have only put "some portions" of their market on the table.

Nin Novoa also said that "another issue is that the EU has a level of subsidies for its production that makes the negotiation disadvantageous" for Mercosur and still must be discussed at the technical level.

He did not specify what "political" points remain to be discussed, but he suggested that the proximity of the European elections is one of them, given that a change in the makeup of the European Parliament could influence the discussions.

He did not comment on French President Emmanuel Macron's recent statement that Paris would not support "broad trade accords" with countries that do not support the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, referring to Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro's opposition to that pact.

"It's not appropriate for foreign ministers to speak about the statements of presidents," Nin Novoa said, although he added that Brazil had had an election and the "decisions of peoples must be respected."

Histórico de noticias
Puerto Rican baseball pioneer says female athletes can compete against men

Jorge J. Muñiz Ortiz

Mexico Muslims recreate the Islamic world during Ramadan

By Manuel Soberanes Cobo

Afro-Brazilian movement aims to combat racism in country's business world

Nayara Batschke

Neymar joins Brazilian national soccer team ahead of Copa America

Teresopolis, Brazil, May 25 (efe-epa).- Neymar, the captain of Brazil's national soccer team, joined his teammates on Saturday to start preparations for the...

California calls on goats to prevent wildfires

By Marc Arcas

Waiting in long lines to buy food is Cuba's current crisis and biggest joke

By Atahualpa Amerise

Mexico's plans for embattled energy sector spark criticism

Eduard Ribas i Admetlla

High-rise shacks becoming common sight in housing-challenged Brazilian city

Laura Lopez

Trump pledges another $16 bn for farmers hurt by Chinese tariffs

Washington, May 23 (efe-epa).- President Donald Trump on Thursday approved a second aid package for US farmers, this one for $16 billion, with the aim of...

Experts stress using digital tools to make Colombian companies more dynamic

Cali, Colombia, May 23 (efe-epa).- Increasing human beings' use of digital tools is the vehicle whereby Colombia's business sector will develop, several...

US charges Julian Assange with espionage

Washington, May 23 (efe-epa).- The US Department of Justice announced Thursday a new indictment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that includes an...

Pelosi stays firm vs. Trump on cover-up claim

By Alex Segura Lozano

Tornadoes kill at least 3 in Missouri

Washington, May 23 (efe-epa).- At least three people were killed by tornadoes in the Midwestern US state of Missouri, Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday.

What will happen to Cuba's anti-imperialist grandstand at US Embassy?

By Lorena Canto

Argentine cooperative provides new lease on life for former inmates

Cristina Terceiro

Costa Rican president rejects military option in Venezuela, Nicaragua

Douglas Marin

Massive seaweed influx in Cancun's hotel zone

Cancun, Mexico, May 22 (efe-epa).- The hotel zone along the beaches in the Mexican resort city of Cancun on Wednesday experienced a massive influx of...

Journalism in digital age must rethink how to reach its audience

By Gina Baldivieso

US jury sentences Spaniard to life in prison for triple-murder

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 22 (efe-epa).- Spaniard Pablo Ibar, convicted in January after a third trial for his part in a 1994 triple-murder, was...

With electricity, gasoline, Caracas is oasis of sorts amid Venezuelan crisis

By Hector Pereira

Judge upholds congressional subpoenas for Trump's financial info

New York, May 22 (efe-epa).- A federal judge ruled here Wednesday that two financial institutions can turn over information sought by US lawmakers regarding...

US senator seeks answers after 5th migrant youth dies in custody

Washington, May 22 (efe-epa).- Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren sent a letter Wednesday to the acting head of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP)...

Craft-making on the decline in southern Mexico due to lack of pupils

By Mitzi Mayauel Fuentes Gomez

Bucking US sanctions, American Airlines expands flights to Cuba

Havana, May 22 (efe-epa).- American Airlines, the leading international carrier serving Cuba, said Wednesday that it intends to offer additional flights to...