Mercosur pushes for early EU trade pact

ASUNCION, Paraguay, June 30 (UPI) — Latin America’s Mercosur trade bloc is impatient for progress on free-trade talks with the European Union to lead to an early agreement, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said.

Brazil has been in the forefront of Mercosur pronouncements on the increasingly contentious talks for reaching a free-trade pact. The negotiations are snagged on European farm industries’ fears about a flood of Latin American produce and Mercosur partners’ often mercurial behavior toward European exports to the region.