The EU must swiftly implement the FTA with Mercosur to safeguard competitiveness and promote economic security. On 15 January 2024, together with other 22 European associations the European Services Forum stressed the importance of the FTA in a letter to Ms Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament, Mr Charles Michel, President of the European Council,and Ms Ursula von der Leyen President of the European Commission and called on the EU and Mercosur leaders to rapidly conclude the trade negotiations on the remaining open points. Please find the statement here.


ESF Letter on “European Services Industry call for the swift conclusion and ratification of the EU-MERCOSUR Trade Agreement” – 5 July 2023

ESF signed joint letter with 18 European businesses associations to the three Presidents of the European Institutions calling on the EU to take all the necessary initiatives to ensure the swift ratification of the EU-Mercosur agreement.

Oct. 2017

On EU- Mercosur, the negotiators have refused to engage in market access on services. In terms of agriculture, the EU did not previously have a position, but the EU position now is read as being so outrageous that Mercosur do not wish to engage. These discussions have focused primarily on text discussions.


The EU is currently negotiating a FTA with the four founding members of Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay). Current trade is governed by the Framework Cooperation Agreement. The EU exported 20 billion euro in commercial services to Mercosur in 2014, highlighting the importance of its market. Current negotiations are covering issues related to services, such as technical barriers to trade, government procurement, and intellectual property.

The EU is preparing to table a new tariff offer to the South American trading bloc ahead of a new round of negotiations starting on Monday (2 October 2017). Eleven-member states are attempting to put a brake on an offer to extend tariff rate quotes on beef, poultry, sugar, and ethanol. In a joint letter circulated on Wednesday (27 September 2017), Austria, Belgium, France, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Romania said “including quotas for most sensitive agricultural products (beef, ethanol, sugar, poultry, etc.) in the EU’s offer now would be untimely”. The Eleven call on the EU to “elaborate a method to define a maximum level of concessions (volume, composition, tariff administration, and staging)”. The Eleven are putting this in the wider context of new free trade agreements coming up in the EU pipeline which include a sensitive negotiation in agriculture: “The purpose would be to take into account all concessions already granted and those considered in ongoing and future negotiations (Australia, New Zealand, Mexico)”, the document reads.

Source: The European Commission

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