Launch event for our new project on EU-Mercosur relations that aims to stimulate a discussion around the economics and geopolitics of this relation and the association agreement signed by the sides.
The European Union and Mercosur – Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay – have finalised an association agreement, including a trade deal. When negotiators sealed the deal in June 2019, new trends were emerging but had not yet settled in. There was no global pandemic, Brexit has not materialised, and the Trump administration was unilaterally targeting allies with discriminatory tariffs. The WTO still had a functioning, albeit imperfect, dispute settlement system. The world of trade as we knew it has significantly tilted since.
This panel discussion aims to analyse the geopolitics of trade from a Mercosur perspective considering the spectacular changes we have experienced in the past two years. What impact has the change in administration in Washington has on Brazil’s relations with China? Is the Argentinian government still on board for implementing the agreement with the European Union? Are climate change and the environment bilateral EU-Mercosur issues, or are these themes becoming multilateral concerns to be tackled in the WTO? What impact would a failure to ratify the EU-Mercosur agreement have on the latter’s trade policy and (dis-)integration process?
Renata Amaral, Adjunct Professor, Washington College of Law and Founder of Women Inside Trade
Miguel Braun, Senior Advisor and non-resident fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies, former Vice Minister of Finance and Secretary of Commerce of Argentina
Tatiana Prazeres, Senior Fellow at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China, former Senior Adviser to the Director-General of the World Trade Organization, and former Secretary of Trade of Brazil
Moderated by Emily Rees, Senior Fellow at ECIPE and Lead of the EU-Mercosur Project