Brazil to take over the Pro-Tempore Presidency of Mercosur

*Por Andrezza Fontoura

 

President Michel Temer is on his way to the city of Mendoza, in Argentina, in order to attend the 50th Meeting of the Common Market Council and Mercosur Summit to be held on July 21st. Argentina has been holding the Pro-Tempore Presidency of the South American bloc for the past six months and, after the Summit, will hand it over to Brazil.

At the event, the Brazilian President will announce the priorities of the Mercosur’s agenda while the country is ahead of the bloc. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated that the government will continue Argentina’s work towards eliminating trade barriers among the members of Mercosur. In addition, Brazil will make all the efforts so Mercosur concludes agreements with other countries and blocs, such as the European Union, Canada, Japan, South Korea and India.

The political and economic crisis that Venezuela has been facing should also be addressed by attendees during the Mercosur Summit. It is worth mentioning that the country remains suspended of the bloc once it has not yet met all commitments made when it joined Mercosur.


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