|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Latin America (Click here for more)

Juncker Calls for Trade Deals with Mexico, Mercosur to Be Closed Soon

STRASBOURG, France – The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, asked on Wednesday that trade deals with Mexico and the South American sub-regional bloc Mercosur be completed by the end of the year, as he gave his annual State of the European Union address.

Juncker said a similar deal with Canada had just been closed and would be provisionally applied from next week, adding that the EU had reached a political agreement with Japan to establish a new economic partnership.

“By the end of the year, we have a good chance of doing the same with Mexico and South American countries,” he said, after praising that “partners across the globe are lining up at our door to conclude trade agreements with us.”

Speaking to the European Parliament, Juncker said the EU also sought to create economic deals with Australia and New Zealand, insisting he wanted them to be finished before the end of this mandate and negotiated with full transparency.

The Commissioner left clear that Europe was not naive and would defend its strategic interests with a framework to screen foreign investments and ensure they are carried out transparently.

“It is a political responsibility to know what is going on in our own backyard so that we can protect our collective security if needed,” he said.

He said trade was not an abstract concept, and that in practice it meant jobs and new opportunities for European companies, no matter their size.

Each billion euros worth of exports represented 14,000 additional jobs in the EU, he added.

“Trade is about exporting our standards, be they social or environmental standards, data protection or food safety requirements,” said Juncker.

In this context, he asked for greater transparency in the EU’s decision-making process and that the European, national and regional parliaments be kept fully informed from the start on trade deal negotiations.

He said the European Commission would fully publish all draft negotiating mandates that were proposed to the Council of the European Union.

“Gone are the days of no transparency. Gone are the days of rumors, of incessantly questioning the Commission’s motives,” Juncker said.

 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2015 © All rights reserved