There is a "huge political will" to move forward in the negotiations of the trade agreement with the European Union and it is even planned that it could be signed before the end of the year, said the president of the Mercosul Parliament (Parlasul) ), Tomás Bittar.
"This agreement is our biggest concern because we see that we are very close, but suddenly there are also elements that divide, despite the difficulties, all parliamentarians have a huge political will to move forward and to sign before the end. end of the year, "Bittar said in a video posted on the official account of the social network Twitter of Parlasur.
Latin American and European lawmakers met on Tuesday to advance a trade agreement at Mercosur headquarters, located in Montevideo.
According to Bittar, there are six issues that generate divisions, but he maintained that "Mercosur is ready to reach an agreement with the European Union" and pointed out that the fact that the far-right Jair Bolsonaro won the elections in Brazil will not affect the negotiations.
"A strong Mercosur is in Brazil and I think President Bolsonaro is going to take this issue away from the ideological part, so he will deal with this issue in a technical way," he added.
On the other hand, the general director for Integration and Mercosur Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay, Valeria Csukasi, said during the meeting that it is essential to move forward in closing the agreement with the European Union this year.
For his part, the president of the delegation of the European Parliament, Francisco Assis, said they are "very supportive of a closer relationship between European legislators and Parlasur." In a complex and contradictory world, the relationship between Parliaments is very important, which are the expression of regional integration. "
The negotiations between Mercosur and the European Union to reach a trade agreement began almost 20 years ago and had several ups and downs; the treaty was expected to be closed by the end of 2017, but the talks were extended due to the resistance of the agricultural sectors of some European countries.