Trade negotiations between the EU and Latin American countries pick up

Trade negotiations between the European Union and several Latin American countries are picking up in the new year. EU-Mexico talks have resumed in January. The talks on the EU-Mercosur are also expected to resume shortly, after efforts to reach a conclusion at the margins of the WTO 11th Ministerial Conference failed because of remaining differences, such as market access for beef and ethanol. Also on the docket is a planned modernisation of the EU’s trade accord with Chile.